Juliana Pizza and Family Restaurant
9858 Monroe Road
Owner: Drosoula and Athanasios Yiannibas
Author: Dail Gay

Established by Drosoula and Athanasios Yiannibas, Juliana Pizza and Family Restaurant has been a mainstay on the Monroe Road corridor for over 26 years. Their beloved family-owned and operated restaurant was inspired by two very successful restaurants that Athanasios established in Canada. The first, a pizza restaurant started in 1971, featured stone oven-baked pizza with homemade dough made daily using fresh, premium ingredients to create homemade sauces reminiscent of his mother’s cooking back in his homeland of Greece. When visiting family in Charlotte and feeling the excitement of the growing city, Athanasios and Drosoula decided to make Charlotte their home—bringing thei delectable creations here! And through hard work in the restaurant business, they have raised and educated three children: a doctor, a lawyer and a chef!

When you enter this special place, Drosoula greets you with a welcoming smile, making everyone feel comfortable and taking a personal interest in each customer. This casual, family-owned restaurant is quiet, not rushed—a place customers choose to return to again and again. Fresh ingredients, homemade soups, desserts, and sauces are made with special care and remind one of home-cooked meals!

Their specialty from the beginning, their delicious gourmet pizza is still homemade with the fresh est ingredients, fine cheese, and a large variety of toppings. Another specialty is their variety of steak
subs—with “the best” bread brought in from New York and meat and cheese sliced freshly when ordered. Definitely try their chicken soup, made the Greek way—fresh, healthy, and very popular. Their tasty Greek-baked chicken is spicy and tender, oven-baked and seasoned with fresh Greek spices. And their tasty desserts—oh so many—are made from special recipes with pure ingredients created by their chef son, Emmanouel. Among the favorites are their luscious pistachio cake, tasty key lime pie, and moist, delicious pineapple cake recently requested for a customer’s wedding cake!

How fortunate for Charlotte that Drosoula and Athanasios Yiannibas decided to make east Charlotte their home and to make their restaurant a “home” for those who come there!