According to a news report from, “Mom-and-pop pizzerias may be giving way to pizza franchises in the Midwest, but in Tony Manero’s old stomping grounds in South Brooklyn, customers still hunger for a slice of nostalgia.”

“I just don’t understand how people can eat Domino’s or those other pizza chains,” said Filippo Giuffrie, who next month is opening up his own brick oven pizzeria on Third Ave. “I know that in Bay Ridge people appreciate a quality pie as much as in any other place in the country.” Giuffrie’s pizzeria – which will be named Zio Toto, after Giuffrie’s uncle Salvatore – replaces a usually successful franchise outlet, Cheesesteak Factory, which closed its doors at the 84th St. location last August after only a few months of business,” said the story.

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