Anthony Bellapigna’s Commitment to Pizza & Gelato Restaurant, Ariano

Jul 13, 2018 211

BY: Pete Kennedy

“Everything tells a story,” Anthony Bellapigna said, as he gestured upward to a 360-degree mural on the cathedral ceiling of his restaurant, Ariano, in Media, PA. “This is my grandfather here — he loved to make wine.”

Bellapigna, standing next to a compact spiral staircase on Ariano’s third-floor dining area, spoke about how his grandfather returned from war to find his beautiful home gone and his family living in a grotto — little more than a bricked-up hole in the side of a mountain — alongside their farm animals. “The first thing he did the very next day, he started building a new home, digging the foundation,” he said.

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