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Monday, February 24, 2014

Westport Pizzeria: Heartfelt Memories and Optimism

By James Lomuscio

It was about 10 p.m. today when Carmelo Mioli walked into Westport Pizzeria, which he has owned for 45 years on Main Street, for the last time. He walked slowly, taking in memories, getting choked up with each step. Image
Brothers Joe (l) and Carmelo Mioli tonight at the new home of Westport Pizzeria, 143 Poat Road East.  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

He stopped near the pizza oven. After hundreds of thousands of pies over the years, the last one came out at 9:15 p.m. He stared at the oven, gently tapped it a few times, and then he welled up.

“This is too emotional for me,” said Mioli, known for years around town as Mel.

He and his brother Joe first opened the place at 107 Main St. on Columbus Day 1968, serving up pizza and Italian dinners to generations of Westporters.

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