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Luigi Viaggio of Luigi’s Pizza in Clinton Hill Passes Away

February 2, 2012

Luigi's Pizzeria

The founder of one of Clinton Hill’s most beloved pizzerias, Luigi Viaggio, died last Wednesday, January 25th, at the age of 62 years. Luigi opened his well-known pizzeria, Luigi’s Pizzeria, on DeKalb Avenue in 1983 in partnership with his brother Angelo and Rosario Longo. There is now a second shop on Grand Avenue.

Luigi leaves behind a beloved wife Mattia and children Maria Antonella Viaggio-Giovanni, Daniela Viaggio and Nicolo Luigi Viaggio. Luigi had a Christian mass and burial last Monday, January 30, and the pizza place was closed for business. There is a makeshift memorial at the DeKalb pizza place close to Washington Avenue.

“Luigi’s Pizzeria has always been known as the pizza shop around the corner that the community can depend on to provide high quality slices and pies to residents, students, local churches, as well as to me when in need of a snack after a long work-day. The restaurant will continue to provide delicious Italian food in honor of its founder, a big-hearted man remembered for making sure that locals were fed, regardless of the money in their pockets,” said Council Member Letitia James.

“A constituent who resides across the street shared that her now 21-year old daughter would have gone hungry on many days while growing up, if it had not been for this pizzeria, and she cried when expressing how good Luigi had been to her. Godspeed to this generous spirit, Luigi Viaggio, your presence is already missed,” added James.

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