Via Sofia’s is a descendent of Zio Johno’s, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa favorite since 1984. The business started back when John Khairallah arrived in Cedar Rapids and invested his savings in an Italian restaurant across the street from Coe College. Business was slow at first, but as word got around, the Italian restaurant began to thrive.

After successfully operating two locations for the past 30 years, John began offering franchise opportunities for his counter-service eatery. If you don’t see a Via Sofia’s restaurant near you, contact us. We’re expanding. 


Provide quality food at affordable prices.

We make our fresh bread and sauce daily. And, we use 100% real meats, cheeses and vegetables. Nothing is artificial.


Always Fresh. Always Tasty.

Via Sofia's First Store Location open in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1984