Legendary Philly Pizza Queen passes away

"Barbara Tacconelli, matriarch of the famous Tacconelli's pizza clan, passed away last Saturday from heart failure," according to Eater. "She was 70 years old. Tacconelli married her husband Vincent when she was 16 years old, and began working at his family's pizza parlor, which is now Philly's most internationally famous pie. For years, Tacconelli's was listed on local mags "Best Of" lists and given praise by local critics, but an appearance on CBS' West 57th Street national news show let the rest of the world in on the secret."

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