On Father's Day our daughter, Tina, surprised her dad with 10 boxes of Frankie's Pizza- shipped all the way from Miami!
OK- You might wonder why anyone would go to such expense for pizza...and you might wonder also..."Are there no pizza places in that little town of Ocala?" The answer is-yes, of course, we do have pizza places here...Pappa John's- Pizza Hut etc-etc... but-believe me folks-there's none to come any where near Frankie's!
(more of our Father's Day pics on my FB page)
Frankie's was a big part of our lives all through the years- It is something etched deep in our family's memories - as it is with countless others who lived in the Miami and south Dade Co. areas...from the late 1950's to present time!
My first encounter with Frankie's
was in 1958. I believe this was about a year after this Pizza business was born!
After Charles and I married we often went there with the kids.This was strictly a take out restaurant and we would get the pizza and eat it right there in the parking lot on the tail gate of our Chevy station wagon! I don't think my husband or my son Chris ever got all they wanted of Frankie's, even though we'd get 3 of the biggest boxes! Everyone coveted that sample piece that was always put on top of the box! LOL- Something worth fighting over...because...as with everything, isn't the first always best?
This story of Frankie's success with his pizza is fascinating! It was a family operation and still is to this day. Sadly, Frankie and his wife are both gone now but the business is still going strong!
There has been a book written about Frankie's Pizza business and also a video made!
Tina gave her dad a copy of the book and I plan to get the video too- LOL-In fact there are 2 versions of the video; one is a censored -family friendly- version, the other one is Frankie uncensored!
OK- I want the Real Deal Frankie!
I'm so glad this project was undertaken. This is priceless to those of us who had a part in this history of Frankie's Pizza!
THIS is a true success story!
What an inspiration!
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