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STT News - East Blight, NJ -
In the small New Jersey neighborhood of East Blight, Luigi Santorini has been making pizza the same way his father
and grandfather taught him nearly two decades ago. But for those who accidentally stumble upon the old eatery, the surprise is what’s inside at
Santorini’s Pizza & Sandwich Shop.
Luigi had this to say about his pizza making traditions, “Papa was a hands-on kind of guy. He believed in making sure that his pizza was done his
That much goes without saying as Luigi, the third generation of family pizza chef, tends each pie from beginning to end. “I watch the boys make
the *expletive* crust and add the *expletive* toppings. After that, it’s all about making sure that the *expletive* pie is done but not over-done. I
can feel the *expletive* crust as it reaches the right temperature and the cheese is melted without *expletive* scorching.”
Helping out with the business is cousin Ray Baggaccino, who tends to menu items like toasted gyros and strombolis. He too had a few words to share as
we were sampling some of the cuisine. “Some people come in here and say, ‘Hey Ray! What da *expletive* you doing in the *expletive* oven?’
And I say, what da *expletive* does it look like I’m doing you *expletive* schmuck!”
The shop is located in the lower section of East Blight and is about the only business that remains in this once bustling borough. “We don’t
get too many *expletive* newcomers here.”
Luigi explained. “You see a new face, it’s because they are trying to find someplace
*expletive* safe where they don’t have to dodge the *expletive* gunfire outside.”
Just before wrapping up our visit, Officer Sean Gillicutty of the local PD stopped in to order some lunch, and asked how long it would take because
there was a gang war scheduled for that afternoon a few blocks away. Ray looked at the wall clock and then replied, “What da *expletive* do you
mean 'how long'? Do I work for you, you *expletive* mick?”
Life goes on here just as it has for countless years. And the pizza is pretty good, too!
Film at 11...