Cassano’s Pizza King®
Kettering grocer Victor “Vic” Cassano, Sr. (1922- 2002) and his mother-in-law Caroline “Mom” Dinisi (1893- 1987) opened what became Cassano’s Pizza King on June 4, 1953. Their signature square-cut, thin-crust “pizza pie” was an instant success; selling 400 pizzas the first day and propelling Cassano’s to one of the top pizza chains in America by the mid-1970s. Vic Sr. was a trailblazer, as Cassano’s was reportedly one of the first in the nation to franchise its stores (in 1955) and offered delivery via its “Pizza Bugs” in the early 1960s. A true entrepreneur, Vic Sr. also developed other restaurant concepts, including, by 1980, London Bobby Fish and Chips and The Commodore.
In 1989, Vic Casssano, Jr. (1945- 2010), acquired control of the company. This visionary leader led Cassano’s through tremendous challenges while positioning for a new generation of growth. In 1994, Vic Jr. expanded the manufacturing of their “Signature Dough” to support a growing interstate wholesale business. In 2004, he streamlined the task of ordering
Erected 2016 by Cassano Enterprises, Inc. U! Creative Inc. The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 22- 57.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 41.284′ N, 84° 8.167′ W. Marker is in Kettering, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Stroop Road and Hempstead Station Drive, on the right when traveling east on Stroop Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1700 East Stroop Road, Dayton OH 45429, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mad River Road / Road from Cunningham’s to Mad River (approx. 1.9 miles away); Watervliet Shaker Community (approx. 2.7 miles away); Victory Oak Knoll Hill MemorialCol. Robert Patterson (approx. 3.6 miles away); Sugar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 3.7 miles away); The Patterson Homestead (approx. 4 miles away); Patterson Homestead 1804 (approx. 4 miles away); Zion Memorial Church (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kettering.
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