April 12 – Happy Birthday Gabe Centi

GabeCentiFor a whole lot of years, the only pizza ordered at my Grandmother’s house on Leonard Street was Minnitti’s. One reason was convenience because Frank Minnitti’s grill was located on West Main Street just around the corner from her house. The key reason though was because that little basement-based business turned out one of the best-tasting pizza’s in town. But it was a thin crust pie, like those served at the rest of all my favorite Amsterdam pizza makers back then; Tony’s, Pepe’s, Russo’s and Bottisti’s.

Change came hard in my Grandmother’s house. They usually did things the same exact way every day of their lives until forced into modification by events or nature. So on this particular Friday night I was shocked when I heard my Dad suggest that we order something called an “Old Fashioned” pizza from “Gabe Centi’s” place. I expected my aunt to protest and was surprised when she agreed…

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