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Rosati’s co-founder Fred Rosati dies at 102

The transplanted New Yorker opened his first pizzeria in Chicagoland in 1964.
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Fred Rosati, co-founder of Chicago’s 56-year-old Rosati’s Pizza chain, died Monday at age 102.

No cause of death was revealed by the 200-unit chain, which confirmed the news in a social media post.

Rosati teamed up with his two brothers to open a pizzeria in the suburbs of Chicago in 1964. It specialized in New York-style thin crust pizza, which the family had known from its time on the East Coast before relocating to the Chicago area. They would eventually add deep-dish pies, a Chicago signature.

Rosati, who focused on franchising and development, was living in Arizona at the time of his death. His sons currently run his namesake pizza chain.

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