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100-Year-Old Totonno’s Pizzeria Seeks Buyer to Keep Legacy Going
June 4, 2024, 12:56.09 am ET



Totonno’s is considered the royalty of New York City coal-fired pizza. Operating from a neatly kept storefront at 1524 Neptune Avenue in Coney Island, it is one of a few shops left on what has become a stretch known more for car repair and tire shops.

Anthony (Totonno) Pero and his family immigrated from Naples more than a hundred years ago and began making pizzas in Lombardi’s grocery store in SoHo. Totonno went on to become America’s first pizzaiolo and Totonno’s was born in Coney Island in 1924, according to the family’s website. It is also the oldest, continuously run family-owned pizzeria in America.

Over the years, Totonno’s dealt with two major fires, and was left badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Later, it remained closed during the pandemic. Now the family is hoping to sell the business to someone who will love it as much as they do and carry the Totonno name into the future.

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