Alfie’s pizza turning 35

Alfie’s has been a staple in the Richmond Hill community for 35 years and to celebrate, the brother and sister team of Luigi and Rossella, with dad and founder Alfie, are inviting everyone to a day of food and fun on Saturday, October 3 – with all proceeds going to charity.
Alfie emigrated from Catania, Sicily in 1970, to live the American Dream. He opened his first pizzeria with his brother shortly thereafter, and began working 15 hours a day, seven days a week.
In September of 1974, he relocated to Richmond Hill, where Alfie’s, at 86-09 117th Street, soon became famous for its pizza and its service.
The business, family-owned and operated, grew as his children did.
Alfie’s son Luigi has been working there for the past 16 years, and Rossella for the past five.
“We wanted to do something to celebrate,” Luigi said of the charity event – from noon to 8 p.m. on 117th Street between Jamaica and Myrtle Avenues ¬– which will feature rides and games, Mr. Softee, radio station Pulse 87 (from 2 to 5 p.m.), DJ Smooth, clowns and more.
There will also be a raffle to win gift certificates to Ragtime Deli and Matteo’s, both in Howard Beach. All proceeds from this will go to charity as well.
Generations of customers have – and continue to – enjoy Alfie’s pizza, pasta, heros, stromboli, calzones and more.
In fact, there is an Alfie’s group on Facebook and the family even ships pies out of state – to Maryland, Virginia and Idaho – for customers who have moved.
And on 9/11, Alfie’s donated 300 pies to the first responders of the FDNY and NYPD.
“We look forward to serving the community for another 35 years,” said Luigi.
Alfie’s is open seven-days-a-week, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. To learn more, call 718-849-8701.

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