Drunk Student Kicks In Gigio's Pizzeria Door, Returns to Make Amends

"He has to be the nicest kid," said owner Julio Andino, who has run Gigio's Pizzeria, currently located at 1001 Davis St., for the past 45 years.

Gigio's Pizzeria in Evanston has a brand new front door--thanks to a Northwestern student who kicked it in after he'd had too much to drink, then came back the next day with his checkbook ready to pay for repairs. 

“He paid for the damages right away, and everything is good,” says Julio Andino, who has owned Gigio’s, 1001 Davis St., for the past 45 years. “I’m very happy.” 

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The student had just finished finals and celebrated with a few too many drinks. He wanted a piece of pizza, but Gigio’s wasn’t open—so he kicked the door in instead, according to Evanston Ald. Judy Fiske (1st Ward). The next day, he wrote the longtime Evanston pizza joint a check for $600 to cover the damages. 

“He apologized, and he wanted to do a public service with me, which I didn’t accept,” Andino said. “He has to be the nicest kid.”

Mildred December 11, 2013 at 06:50 PM
Not to split hairs Rolando but article doesn't say they been at 1001 Davis 45 years. It says Julio Andino owned the business that long.
Rolando T. December 11, 2013 at 09:54 PM
The into says it pretty clearly: "... said owner Julio Andino, who has run Gigio's Pizzeria at 1001 Davis St. for the past 45 years" "Run Gigio's AT" is the clincher. You can't run something AT a location for 45 years if it hasn't existed AT that location for 45 years.
Rolando T. December 11, 2013 at 10:18 PM
(Not trying to be a jerk about it. But as a former newspaper reporter this kind of lazy phrasing always irks me.) (P.S. I miss Gigio's!)
Mildred December 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Not a problem. come have a slice of Pizza
Jennifer Fisher (Editor) December 11, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Thanks for your concern, Rolando. We have edited the intro so as to avoid a lack of clarity.
Rolando T. December 11, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Thanks all. I would love to stop by Gigio's right about now ... but am currently living in Phoenix, AZ. (Don't ask ....)
Mildred December 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Perhaps I need to come there for Pizza ;-) We are suppose to have -15 wind chill later tonight
jkerr December 12, 2013 at 07:50 AM
How old is the student?
Jordan S. Zoot December 12, 2013 at 08:50 AM
At least this is better than reading about dead thugs.
shirley December 12, 2013 at 09:03 AM
Nicest kid? A nice kid would not have gotten drunk and kicked in the door because he could not get a slice of pizza. Would this student have been labeled a thug if the owner shot him during this act of vandalism? Would the owner have been justified? If he wasn't a Northwestern student would he have been arrested and charged with vandalism when he returned the next day? Should the fact that he or his family had $600 to replace the door give him a pass on facing charges in the criminal system?
IgnorantA December 12, 2013 at 09:19 AM
I just need to understand, this is acceptable behavior?
Mildred December 12, 2013 at 09:51 AM
No this is not acceptable behavior. But the owner wouldn't have known who did it had not the guy come forward. Apparently the owner didn't press charges. How many of the thugs that shoot and kill there friends come forward and say I shot him? How many people that know who shot someone come forward and point fingers or whine because city wants cameras. But still say the city needs to do more to fight crime.
IgnorantA December 12, 2013 at 10:34 AM
I just find it sad that society has gotten the point that you can write a check after the fact and... not only is all forgiven but you are praised for doing a good thing. What if the owner or some other employee was still in the shop and during the incident, unsure of the exact situation (college kid celebrating that finals are over) and shot and killed this kid... would he be praised for doing what could be considered a justified thing, or during his drunken stupor wandered out on Davis and got hit by a car, or even got behind the wheel himself and killed someone... Yes, I give some kudos for the punk to come forward to take responsibility for his actions because the consequences could have been a lot worse. Like getting caught, losing a scholarship, criminal record, probation, etc... But whats next, stories about honest people leaving notes on a windshield when they tap your bumper... Speaking directly to the kid here, you want to impress me, put away daddy's checkbook, cut down on the drinking, and understand that not every little milestone in life is cause for exuberant celebration. Woo hoo, holiday break, let's get drunk....
Bell F December 12, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Ok - now I'm confused. So did the kid kick in the door at the previous Gigio's location or at the new location?
HerbalSW December 12, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Instead of writing a check, he should help fix the door as part of community service.
Jordan S. Zoot December 12, 2013 at 12:01 PM
No one should be shot over property....Shirley is just out there.....however, this demonstrates that even where a person performs a bad act, they ought do the right thing once they realize what had happened.......that doesn't happen in other instances.
shirley December 12, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Jordan Zoot's comment to a story that recently appeared on Evanston Patch: Homeowner Bum Rushes and Hogties Burglar and I quote: "Shooting the guy after he was hogtied would have been a nice gesture but, probably beyond reasonable....though I am impressed that you are beginning to see the possibilities." Really, a nice gesture to shoot after restraining the perp? Yet he comments no should be shot over property and Shirley is just out there.
Nick Kapche December 12, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Sheesh, everyone makes mistakes. Some people make bigger mistakes than others, but I can respect a person that makes mistakes, takes responsibility, and takes steps to remedy what they did.
Jordan S. Zoot December 12, 2013 at 02:49 PM
shirley.....the guy was attempting to break into an occupied home with the guy's wife and kid there......that is a potential home invasion NOT a burglary. There is a difference...and I am flattered that you looked up a six month old comment. The law states that if an individual is in the process of attempting to break into an occupied residence in a violent or tumulchueous fashion, for the purpose of engaging in a forcible felony or otherwise use force on an occupant of a dwelling then the use of deadly force against such person is justified. It certainly is NOT the action of choice, but it is permissible.
April Troy December 12, 2013 at 02:54 PM
wrong act yes. the responsible way to corrected it yes. But I wouldn't go so far as to call him a good kid. He just had the means and luck not to get criminal charges pressed against him. He did commit a crime.
April Troy December 12, 2013 at 02:56 PM
Tell him again Shirley......... Lol.....
Mildred December 12, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Shirley and April Still waiting for a PATCH story about Shooters coming forward and admitting they shot someone. Or perhaps its ok with you that they don't. Case you two aren't aware those are CRIMES also
shirley December 12, 2013 at 08:47 PM
I don't expect people who commit crimes to come forward and admit their guilt which is why they go to trial to have their guilt proven. However, I do expect people who commit crimes to be charged with said crime even if they admit guilt and have the financial means to pay restitution.
Mildred December 12, 2013 at 10:12 PM
@Shirley Don't do the crime then you won't need money to defend yourself.
Mildred December 12, 2013 at 10:24 PM
One more thing Shirley. You were critical of the young man that stepped forwarded and admitted to what he did. So are you saying now its OK to do a crime just don't tell anyone?
shirley December 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM
@Y...give it a rest. It's never okay to commit a crime. Ideally, I want people to be honest and when they commit a crime to own up to it and accept whatever punishment is appropriate for the crime they committed. Even in the judicial system, credit is generally given to those that admit guilt right away versus the people that are found guilty at trial. I'm not naive and know some people admit guilt even when they are innocent of the charge simply to position themselves in a better light for sentencing. I don't know how you concluded my comment to mean I think it is okay to do a crime just don't tell anyone you did it. To make it perfectly clear to you what I'm saying is whether you admit to the crime or not, you should be charged with the crime you committed then let the lawyers and courts negotiate your punishment. I'm sorry and the means to pay your way out of trouble is not justice for all.
Bell F December 14, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Thank goodness this was resolved peacefully and with satisfaction between the two people involved No lawyers - no court - no people passing judgement - a win win situation with a good outcome. Resolved with face to face conversation, empathy and forgiveness. A fine lesson for us all. God bless and merry holidays to all of you - Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike :)
Colene December 14, 2013 at 12:44 PM
Cut him a break. He admitted his guilt, tried to do public service with the guy and made restitution. The victim is satisfied. Move on.
Joey Fatone December 15, 2013 at 09:57 AM
Seems like a violent drunk maybe he should consider not drinking anymore. Next time he could be hitting person and not a door, then a check wont be enough to right the situation.
chris December 16, 2013 at 07:48 AM
I guess this new "affluenza" defense is going to work out well? Commit a crime, write a check. It is CrOOK county after all.


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