Dodge, who died of natural causes on May 6, introduced a specialty pizza featuring pepperoni with cream cheese to the Lincoln area.
Krista Nelson of Hot Mama’s Pizza Dies After Long Illness
Nelson, who co-owned the Seattle pizza spot with her husband since 1995, "was the glue that held us all together," a Facebook post stated.
‘Papa Vince’ Coppola Remembered as a Legend in Thorold, Ontario
Vincenzo “Papa Vince” Coppola, a pizzaiolo described as a “local legend” in Thorold, Ontario, Canada, passed away on January 5 at the age of 81. Coppola founded Papa Vince Pizza in 1985. “My father was an amazing man who worked so hard to create Papa Vince Pizza,” his son, Johnny … More
Steve Carb, Restaurateur and Throw Dough Inventor, Passes Away
Carb founded Southeastern Entertainment and Restaurant Group and launched numerous dining concepts on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Colorado Pizzaiolo Craig ‘Lefty’ Harris Dies in Car Crash
Harris opened Lefty's Gourmet Pizza and Ice Cream in 1994 and established it as a cornerstone business in Niwot, Colorado.
Fernando Riccioni: Ohio Loses a Hometown Pizzeria Icon
Fernando Riccioni became a partner with the founder of Wedgewood Pizza in the late 1960s and built it into a beloved brand known for the Brier Hill style of pizza. In a Facebook tribute, Riccioni’s family said the pizza patriarch’s “love for his business and his customers was never-ending.” Related: Domino’s … More
Pizza Innovator James Fox Jr. Passes Away at 74
James Fox Jr., the founder of the Fox’s Pizza Den chain, passed away on May 21 after battling complications from a March 2021 car accident. Fox built his first pizza oven from spare parts he found in a junkyard and, in later years, helped with the development of the first … More
Dom DeMarco of Di Fara Pizza Passes Away at 85
Dom DeMarco founded Di Fara Pizza in 1965 and became one of the world’s best-known pizzaiolos, personally handcrafting each and every pie to his own specifications. “Pizza has become a fast food,” he once told the New York Times. “My pizza is slow food. If I made it fast, it … More
Stuffed-Pizza Pioneer Nancy Palese Dies at 87
Nancy Palese, who cofounded Nancy’s Pizzeria with her husband, Rocco, in the early 1970s, helped pioneer the Chicago stuffed pizza style. Nancy’s Pizzeria says Rocco invented the stuffed pizza when he set out to create a deep-dish version based on his mother’s Easter Pie. Related: How to make one of … More
Steven Balasco, Owner of Balasco’s Pizza, Dies from COVID-19
Steven Balasco spent his childhood in a wheelchair and leg braces but later shed them to become a physically active business owner and community leader. After Balasco went to the hospital with COVID-19, his family and friends launched the Balasco Strong Campaign in his honor to promote acts of kindness. Steven … More
Jeffrey Bajalieh of Slice Pizza & Brew Passed Away on Dec. 18
Jeff Bajalieh became one of Domino’s youngest franchisees before opening Slice Pizza & Brew with his brothers in 2010. Slice is famous for its Soul Pie, a southern-gourmet pizza topped with sausage, black-eyed peas and turnip greens, among other ingredients. Related: Slice Pizza & Brew makes every night a Friday … More
Arthur Galea, Founder of G’s Pizzeria, Dies at 96
Arthur Galea, the founder of G’s Pizzeria, is remembered by his family as a man of “faith, honor and commitment.” After his wife Sharon’s death in 2010, Galea honored her every year with a 400,000-light Christmas display at their home in West Branch Township. Related: Gary Bimonte, grandson of Frank … More