This pizzeria was founded in 1947 by Sam Pontillo and his two brothers. Sam learned the art of pizza making in New Haven, CT and introduced Batavians to neapolitan tomato pies. The first pies were placed on cardboard and wrapped with butcher paper and tied with string. Back then, a small cheese pizza cost 60 cents and a large pizza cost $1.20.

Sam, his wife Betty, and four children ran the business for many years and created an iconic destination for families. In December 2010, the restaurant became Batavia's Original and is now managed by Kathy Ferrara who has 27 years dedicated to the restaurant.

500 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020   •   (585) 343-3303

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