The history of DeLorenzo's Pizza began when my grandparents, Pasquale and Maria DeLorenzo emigrated from a small town near Naples, Italy called San Fele. Like a great majority of Italians who came to America to escape the poverty of their home country, Pasquale and Maria settled in a small row home on Hudson Street in Trenton, New Jersey where they raised 12 children. With so many mouths to feed, hard work became a way of life for every member of the family.
Somewhere around 1938 the first DeLorenzo's Pizzeria was opened at the corner of Hudson and Mott streets in Trenton by my Uncle Joe, who mastered the art of the Pizzaiolo (Pizza Maker), while working for another pizzeria in the neighborhood. When Joe and brothers Tony, Jimmy, Chick and John were called upon to serve their country in World War II, younger brothers Rick (My Father) , Pat and Raymond took over the duties of running the family business. As the popularity of The DeLorenzo Tomato Pie grew, so did the need for larger buildings and various locations. DeLorenzo's Pizza has occupied 3 buildings on Hamilton Avenue, two on Hudson Street, one on Broad and Ferry Streets a location in Hopewell N.J. inside the food court of Risoldi's Market and our brand new location at 147 Sloan Ave. in Hamilton.
Today, DeLorenzo's is owned and operated by myself along with my wife Mary and our three children Michael, Melissa and Maria. Throughout the years DeLorenzo's has been blessed with a great supporting cast of employees, many of them family and one employee (Al Pingitore) who has been with us since 1961, the year our previous location (1007 Hamilton Ave.) opened. As a member of The DeLorenzo Family I can say with great pride that it has been and will always be our pleasure to serve you, our loyal customers, the best pizza we can possibly create in an atmosphere where everyone is treated like family.
- Rick DeLorenzo, Jr.