Honoree Spotlight: James Adornetto

James L. (Jimmy) Adornetto is the son of Sicilian immigrants Phillip and Catherine Adornetto. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio. Jimmy is a lifelong member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He attended St. Thomas Elementary school and graduated from Bishop Rosecrans. Jimmy was married to Connie with whom he shares one son, Adrian. Following their separation, Jimmy shared many memories with the late Jody Spencer. Adrian and wife Erika, and her two children Jase and Gabriella Grandstaff, have welcomed son Enzo James and daughter Giada Catherine Adornetto into their extended family. Jimmy

Jimmy got his first taste of entrepreneurship when he opened a bicycle shop. Later, at the young age of 19, he founded Adornetto’s Pizzeria. In 1974 Jimmy opened the Old Market House Inn and 20 years later would open Giacomo’s Bread and More.

Jimmy was active in the progress and development of downtown Zanesville in the 70’s and 80’s as chairman of the Inaugural Zanes Trace Commemoration. He was a Good Samaritan Board member and the recipient of the Bob and Delores Hope “Good Samaritan” Award. Jimmy also served as past President and long-time member of Rotary. Currently, he is one of the proud members of the ROMEO group – “Retired Old Men Eating Out”.

Jimmy credits his success to his parents, who he says always encouraged and pushed him to do better and to his two brothers for their wisdom and advice in both life and business.




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