The History of Zoto's Diner

Zoto's Family Restaurant, a landmark on Route 309 in Line Lexington, has been family owned and operated since 1973. Steve and Nick Zoto had the diner built in New Jersey by the Fodero Dining Car Company. It was transported to Pennsylvania by truck in six pieces.

In 1983, the Zoto's hired John Karistinos as chef. He is still making the same delicious recipes over twenty years later! John, also known as Yanni, brought with him some classic recipes, such as our famous Summer Gazpacho Soup and the popular Scallops a la Yanni.

The Diner was not always so large. In the late 80's, they added a dining room and a banquet room. The seating capacity increased from 150 to 250 people. In the early 90's, Zoto's Diner was one of the first restaurants to go "smoke-free."

In 2002, Nick retired and Steve's wife, JoAnne, became his partner. For the past six years, their daughter, Nikki, has been the General Manager. Zoto's Family Restaurant truly is a family establishment.