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Friday, April 23, 2010

Pizza Family Feud in Batavia

From the don't-mix-business-and-family department:

There is a lengthy article on The Batavian website (from which I got the photo at right) about the war of words and legal battles among the surviving children of Salvatore "Sam" Pontillo, who, along with his brothers, founded Pontillo's Pizzeria in Batavia in 1947. The dispute (which doesn't seem to directly involve the Pontillo's locations in Monroe County) goes back to the money troubles that led to the closing of the original Batavia location in November 2008. It's flared up again recently in the wake of the Batavia Pontillo's recent reopening.
Intrafamilial disputes tend to be the ugliest, and this one is no exception. Though the Batavian article examines it in some depth, it's hard to tell when you're finished who the villain is here, because the three brothers are all pointing fingers at each other. It's sad, but like all sordid affairs, oddly compelling.

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