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About Us

Because no amazing restaurant is complete without an amazing story behind it. Meet Chef Sal Galluzzo. Sal was born in 1978 and is the youngest of 4 siblings. Sal’s parents Mike and Maria are Italian immigrants that came to America for a better life. Mike worked hard in the restaurant business and eventually established himself at Sam’s on Harlem. Sal was eager to learn the business so he began helping his Dad out at the restaurant at the young age of 10. Sal would bus tables and vacuum for some of the servers’ tips. This is where he learned the value of a dollar and that hard work really does pay off. Mike continued to follow his dream of opening another restaurant and that’s when Sam’s on Riverside débuted in 1993. All of the children were involved in the day-to-day operations at the restaurant and this is where Sal learned that cooking was to be his passion. After graduating from Cooking Hospitality Institute of Chicago with his culinary degree, Sal became the Executive Chef at Sam’s Ristorante and Pizzeria on Riverside. Sal has lived in the Rockford area his entire life and met his wife Brigit in 2005. They were married in May of 2007 and have 2 wonderful children, Ava and Gianni. Sal continued to work at Sam’s Ristorante for over 20 years developing his passion for cooking and working with some wonderful chefs who taught him numerous cooking styles and techniques, which would eventually lead him to his dream of one day owning his own restaurant. Today that dream has finally become a reality with Sal’s Kitchen now at Sam’s on Harlem. We hope you enjoy the casual atmosphere and amazing food that Chef Sal is so passionate about because he truly feels that “the good ole’ days are still to come”.

Community Support


At Sam's On Harlem, we understand the importance of giving back to our communities. That’s why we’re partnering with local organizations to help raise funds for their causes.


With this fundraising partnership, our restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds from each meal to the partner organization. These proceeds help the organization achieve their goals and help make a real difference.

Host your next fundraiser with us, contact us to learn more about our fundraising opportunities and available dates by emailing 


We’re excited to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on our local community. Join us in making a difference today!

Sam's On Harlem Pasta

ComEd Provided Meals

Sam’s On Harlem is proud to partner with ComEd in providing meals to those employees working overtime during an emergency situation. If you work for ComEd and are eligible for this, we invite you to take advantage of it and join us for dinner, dine-in, or carry-out. If you know someone who works for Com Ed, please let them know. Thank you.

Join Our Team

Join Our Team!

Are you passionate about creating exceptional culinary experiences & hospitality? We're excited to invite you to be a part of our extraordinary team! At Sam's On Harlem, we value innovation, teamwork, and a shared love for good food. If you're ready to embark on a fulfilling career in the culinary & hospitality industry, click the button below to download our application. Show us your skills, experiences, and enthusiasm, and email the completed application to with the position you're applying for in the subject line. We can't wait to review your application and potentially welcome you to our dynamic and diverse team of culinary professionals!

1031 Harlem Rd, Machesney Park, IL 61115

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