After more than 50 years of serving the Ozone Park area, Aldo Calore of Aldo’s Pizzeria & Restaurant has retired, according to local community leaders.
Calore started his pizza-making career at the age of 16, working for New Park Pizza in Howard Beach.
Six years later, he opened his own pizzeria at 76-15 101 Ave. in Ozone Park, before moving to 137-01 Cross Bay Blvd.
Ozone Park Civic Association President Howard Kamph said he has fond memories of the restaurant, located a short walk away from his house.
“My nights out was going to his restaurant,” Kamph said. “He gave me the biggest portion for the price.”
Kamph said Calore was engaged in the community, and reached out to anybody who needed help.
“Anybody who came to him, he donated to them,” he said.
Kamph added he would have civic meetings catered with food from the restaurant.
Sam Esposito, a Community Board 9 member, said in a post on the eatery’s Facebook page, “We hate to see you go Aldo you have been a fixture in Ozone park for decades.”
“Good luck with whatever you do,” he added.
“And thank you for the good food all these years.”
Calore could not be reached for comment on his closing or the future of the restaurant by press time.