Our Story


Buon Appetito!
Welcome to Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant! Established in 1950 by the late Lorenzo Grosso. The restaurant is now in its seventh decade and third generation. Together with her son Peter, Angela Maffeo is carrying on the rich tradition established by her father by serving the finest Italian food for miles around to thousands of new and loyal customers every year.

The original restaurant was situated at 10 High Street in Taunton, Massachusetts, where the Taunton Mall is located today. This is where Lorenzo and his wife of 65 years, Geraldine, humbly began, together performing the duties of “Chief Cook and Bottle Washer” and baking pizzas in a Dutch oven rotated by hand.

The original restaurant was forced to close due to an impending urban renewal project. The looming closure of the Taunton location paved the way for Lorenzo to open Lorenzo’s Italian Drive-In at its current home on Route 28 in Middleboro in 1956. A landmark today, the original building was enlarged five times before a new one was constructed in 1964. A dining room was added in 1972 so Lorenzo and Geraldine could offer their customers indoor dining along with the restaurant’s famous patio and carhop service.

Two dining rooms, a lounge, and a banquet room were completed in 1981 which have hosted thousands of corporate and family banquets over the years. Lorenzo’s Cafe, which opened in 1994, is the ideal spot for outdoor dining, family reunions, company outings, and other functions. In addition to line service and excellent food, Angela, Peter and their staff prepare many specialties as party platters for your dining pleasure at home or for business entertainment.

Catering, Banquets & Functions

Let us host your next event, business function or family celebration! With two dining rooms, a lounge, a Gala Function Room and our enclosed patio, we have the perfect space to make your event a success. Ask your server about our Banquet and Function Packages.

From Appetizers to our Homemade Specialties to Desserts, enjoy your favorite Lorenzo’s cuisine anywhere.

Enjoy our timeline below and you can also take a tour in our photo gallery.