Italian Cuisine as it should be…Authentic & Fresh!

About Us

Welcome to Colao’s Ristorante


The Colao Family immigrated from Italy to the United States in 1969 in search of the American dream. Santo and Assunta were seeking a better way of life not only for themselves but most importantly for their three young children. Family always being the focus of the Italian culture, we settled in Erie, PA to be with relatives that were already settled here.

In 1999 the Colao family embarked on realizing its American dream, establishing Colao’s Ristorante, to share its Italian heritage and to bring a little bit of Italy to Erie. In the early years the family worked as unit to assure the success of the venture. Mom and Pop making sure recipes were executed perfectly and to their exacting specifications, the rest of the family working in the kitchen, behind the bar and greeting guests.

Our parents are gone now, but their legacy lives on. Today, the restaurant is owned and operated by son, Saverio (Cee) and his wife Ellen and their children Nicholas and Julia. Most nights you’ll find Nicholas or Julia greeting guests out front and Saverio supervising the busy kitchen making sure the family recipes are executed to Mom and Pop’s standards.

Our Hours

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Restaurant Hours

Monday – Saturday : 5:00PM – 9:30PM

Sunday: Closed


An Upscale Dining Experience For All Your Events

Colao’s is now offering off premise catering for large parties; weddings, family or class reunions, graduation, rehearsal dinners,benefits, charity functions or any special event at the venue of your choice. We are not limited to Italian Cuisine, you can select from our existing Italian or non-Italian menus or we can create one to your specifications.

Private Events

Private Events

Colao’s Ristorante is now offering catering services for your special events. The second floor at our restaurant can accommodate up to 60 guests, a perfect setting for corporate dinner meetings, rehearsal dinner, holiday parties or any other special event that requires a personal touch. It also features a full service bar in an intimate setting. Our on-site catering menu features selections from our regular dinner menu and it can be prepared for buffet or sit down or we can help you create your own.

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