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Anthony Pontillo: RIP (age 87)

A local legend, Anthony Pontillo, as in Pontillo’s Pizza, has passed, from the Democrat and Chronicle [1] (Rochester, NY):

When Anthony Pontillo and two of his brothers started the first of the family’s pizzerias in Batavia in 1947, few locals knew much about pizza.

“People used to call and say ‘I want one of those pizzas,'” said his daughter, Georgia Woodring. “He’d have to explain.”

But Mr. Pontillo, who died Sunday at 87, worked to grow that pizzeria into the ubiquitous Pontillo’s Pizzerias, with two dozen locations locally

Maybe Rochestians didn’t know much about pizza in 1948, but they sure do kn9w now.    There is Pontillo’s Pizza about a mile down the road from me, at the site of former Greek restaurant.    My neighborhood Starbucks went TUDD, and has reopened as a pizzeria.   I have what ten pizza restuarants within a mile of me.    No other form of food comes close.

Good job Mr. Pontillo.  Rest in peace.