Canadian pizza war breaks out between rival restaurants

He promised them a war — and now the battle of the Canadianpizzeriasison! Dante Paoletti, pictured at left,was let go by the new owners of the pizzeria he and his family founded in Vaughan, Ontario, north ofToronto. The former managerofDante's Pizza VIno Pastavowed revenge.

The Toronto Star's web site, thestar.com, reports Paoletti opened a new restaurant,Paoletti’s Pizzeria, without fanfare on Dec. 16, just a few hundred meters from the rival restaurant that still bears his name in wispy cursive block letters.

The old locationis across Dufferin St., at Dante’s Pizza Vino Pasta, the successor shop to the business Paoletti and his family founded in 1976. Last March, Paoletti was let go as manager of his old restaurant by the company that bought it out of receivership and opened its current Vaughan location in 2009. At the time, in an interview with the Star, Paoletticharacterized his ouster as a betrayal, and vowed to return with a new pizza joint next doorto his former location.

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