TROY, NY – DeFazio’s, which has been serving authentic Italian wood-fired pizza and Italian dishes since 1951, has been added to the New York State Historic Business Preservation Registry.
The family-owned business was opened by Anthony and Josie DeFazio 71 years ago on 4th Street in Troy. In 1990, Rocco and Anthony DeFazio opened up their wood-fired pizzeria next door. Last year they expanded the business with a location across the river on Livingston Avenue in Albany as well.
“The whole family we’re very proud to have received such an award from the state,” DeFazio’s Owner Rocco DeFazio said upon receiving the designation.
The designation also comes a year after Dave Portnoy from Barstool Sports rated their pizza at 8.2.
“You don’t look for recognition but when you get it it’s greatly appreciated. Again, we’re doing the easy part now, my parents did the hard part, they set the foundation, they set the blueprint, follow this and you’ll be successful, it’s very simple, “DeFazio explained on a key to staying in business for so long.
It’s a rarity these days that a family-owned business carries on through multiple generations but it’s that family touch or chef’s kiss if you will that sets DeFazio’s apart.
“We definitely offer that extra, it’s family, it’s not corporate,” DeFazio said.
“As my dad always said, when you put your name on the window it’s you’re business and you want people to talk proudly,” DeFazio noted on the business which will now don a sticker with its historical designation on its window as well.
Assemblymember John T. McDonald III RPh, who presented DeFazio’s with a certificate, spoke about the integral role that they’ve played in the neighborhood for more than seven decades.
“As a former mayor and as a business owner we understand the important relationships that longstanding businesses have to our community,” McDonald said.
“It’s their strong businesses that are the fabric of our community,” McDonald continued.
“They are what make our neighborhoods so strong and when you think of South Troy, you think of DeFazio’s, it’s that simple,” McDonald added regarding DeFazio’s commitment to the neighborhood.
To that end, DeFazio’s will be hosting its stickball game for its sixteenth year on June 12 to support Joseph’s House & Shelter in creating awareness of homeless children, with teams from all over the Capital District.
Troy Mayor Patrick Madden also lauded DeFazio’s on their success as a staple of South Troy.
“I offer my congratulations to the DeFazio family past, present, and future. It takes a lot to run a family business, ”Madden said.
“It takes a lot of ingredients put in at the right time under the right conditions to make this succeed. It takes a real commitment to honoring your culture, to honoring your community, to honoring your neighborhood, to honoring your family. To build that kind of multi-generational loyalty to be successful for 71 years that’s something we don’t see too often anymore, ”Madden noted.
“Troy is about unique small businesses and DeFazio’s is right up there at the top of the list,” Madden added.