Prima Pizza celebrates 40 years on Chippewa Street

Tony Berrafato has seen changes in four decades
Posted at 6:51 PM, Sep 22, 2016

When Tony Berrafato decided to put his pizza place on Chippewa Street in Buffalo, it was a very different place. That part of town had a seedy reputation in the 1970's. That didn't stop Tony and he's glad it didn't. His Prima Pizza has been a fixture in the neighborhood for 40 years.

Tony remembers the old days very well "there was a hustle, bustle and it had a lot of bars". The businessman had faith in Chippewa before it was fashionable. He had two locations on that street before he moved into the spot where Prima Pizza sits now.

Tony is proud of the renovation he did on the building in the late 1970's, and should be because it still looks like new. He received the Golden Nail award from Mayor Jimmie Griffin for the work he did on the building.

Forty years ago Tony Berrafato thought this would be the perfect place for Prima Pizza, and it looks like he was right. More info available at the Prima Pizza website.


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