Democrat and Chronicle online - Tracy Schuhmacher
A venerable downtown pizza place is heading to the east side. The Pizza Stop plans to set up its third location in Pittsford Plaza, in the former home to Radio Shack.
Jim Staffieri, the long-time owner of The Pizza Stop on State Street in Rochester, has been making his pies downtown since the late 1980s. While the menu includes stuffed pizzas, thick-crust Sicilian-style pizzas and calzones, it's the thin-crust New York-style pizzas that get the most accolades.
Its second location, at 2532 Ridgeway Ave. in Greece, is owned by Mike Difore, who is Staffieri's nephew. Staffieri will own the Pittsford location.
New York-style pizzas are ready to be served at TheBuy Photo
New York-style pizzas are ready to be served at The Pizza Stop in downtown Rochester. (Photo: Tracy Schuhmacher/@RahChaChow/staff photographer)
The Pittsford setup is planned to be similar to its tried-and-true formula, with an assortment of both creative and traditional pizzas on display, at the ready for a quick rewarming for purchase by the slice.
“We're pretty much going to stick with what we’ve been doing," Staffieri said. He may tweak the offerings as needed to suit the Pittsford clientele, he said.
Opening the shop is taking Staffieri longer than he initially had hoped, and he is now eyeing an August start.
Navigating the town's planning process is more involved than that in the city, he said.
“Pittsford is a little more demanding in what they want to see," he said. “The whole thing has gotten pushed back. We’re doing it now but it’s just a matter of when.”
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