Quatro's Deep Pan Pizza had its start in 1975 after four guys from Chicago (Uno, Dos, Tres …get it?) opened a pizza joint in an old doughnut bakery. The four guys knew they had a hit on their hands right after opening, but lacking backgrounds in food service and business management, they found themselves going bankrupt within a year.
Enter Steve Payne, an eager 21-year-old college student, who had cut his teeth at the Golden Bear Pancake House. He bought Quatro's in early 1976, but in honor of the original owners he kept the name. Steve had a passion for restaurant management and soon set about turning his new venture into a success.
The first thing Steve did was renovate the interior. At the time the pizzas were still being baked in the same ovens used by the doughnut shop. An old icebox served as a beer cooler. The restaurant did not even have bathrooms! For the convenience of his customers, Steve bought space next door and doubled the size of the dining area.
During his first year in business, Steve found that his flow of clientele depended on when nearby Southern Illinois University was in session. When classes let out for summer break, business dried up.
Fortunately for him, it was 1976, and a large group of Americans was celebrating the Bicentennial by bicycling across the country. Since Carbondale was a designated rest stop, Quatro's soon welcomed a steady influx of customers. That summer over 2000 hungry and thirsty cyclists from all over the country came in for pizza and beer.
Many of these enthusiasts returned home to tell family and friends about the great pizza they had eaten in Southern Illinois. By the time classes began in the fall, Quatro's was on its way to becoming an established fixture in Carbondale.
In February 2023, long time manager Blake Morrison purchased Quatro's from Steve.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Curbside Pickup?
This free service is our recommended pickup option. When you arrive at our property, pull into the North parking lot of Quatro's off of S. University Ave. That is the back side of the building between Quatro's and Laundry World. There are numbered spots on the left. Call and let us know your name and what spot you are in, and we will bring your order to you!
Do you have a meeting point for me since I am out of your delivery area?
East on Route 13: Hucks by John A Logan--1100 Pin Oak Dr, Carterville
West on Route 13: Murphysboro Walmart--6495 Country Club Rd, Murphysboro
North on Route 51: Big Muddy Storage--14501 US-51, Desoto
South on Route 51: Makanda Dollar General--5555 Old Hwy 51 N, Carbondale
South on Giant City Road: Giant City School--1062 Boskydell Rd, Carbondale
If you would like to order delivery to one of these locations using our online ordering system, please use the address of the location and put a note in the customer comment section that you are meeting us there. We will call you when we are leaving the store with your order.
Does anybody else deliver your pizzas?
We have partnered with Grubhub and Doordash who can deliver to a greater radius than our drivers. Please note that when using a third-party service for delivery we cannot guarantee the delivery time or product satisfaction once it has left the store.
I need to cook my half-baked pizza...What do I do?
Bake at 425 degrees for 10-20 minutes until the cheese is golden-brown. Sausage and Ground beef must reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
Do you have gluten-free crust?
At this time, we do not offer gluten-free options. We make our pizza dough in-house. Due to the small size of our kitchen and the homemade dough we would not feel comfortable guaranteeing a gluten free product.
How long will my order take?
Our pizzas are made to order. They require at least 20 minutes. During peak times, waits for pickup could be as long as 45 minutes or longer and an hour or more for delivery. Call the store for the best estimate. Sandwiches and salads generally require less time if you are in a hurry.
Do you have single slices?
We sell single slices and lunch combos (slice, salad, and drink) Monday through Friday 11AM-1PM in 6 varieties: Challenge, Pepperoni, Sausage, Onion/Green Pepper, Mushroom, and Cheese.