The Death Of An Icon

Charles Franzone, one of the founders of Franzone’s Pizzeria, has passed away from the Chinese Wuhan Virus. Mr. Franzone was 86.

Mr. Charles Franzone, 86, died Wednesday, December 23, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19. Born October 18, 1934. He was the son of the late Samuel and Josephine (DeJohn) Franzone. He was preceded in death by his wife Lucy (Chesco) Franzone, who died December 11, 2004.

In 1955, Mr. Franzone, along with his brothers Louis and the late Joseph, started Franzone’s Restaurant in Bridgeport, PA. As of now, he was the owner and operator of Franzone’s in Conshohocken along with his son and grandson, Charles Jr. and Charles III. Among his many memberships, he belonged to the MSS Club, LAM-Valley Forge lodge 1776 Sons and Daughters of America, the former Plymouth Country Club, over 50 years with the Americans of Italian Heritage Council, and Holy Saviour Parish.

To say the pizza was amazing is a ridiculous understatement. It has a thin crust, and is served “upside-down.” The cheese is on the bottom and the sweetened sauce – which was lauded as the best sauce in the Philly area by Philadelphia Magazine – is drizzled above. It is heaven in a box.

Eventually I took my kids to Franzone’s, and they absolutely loved it. The restaurant is a small, comfortable place, with friendly staff and obviously amazing food. The thirty-minute drive is absolutely worth it.

The original Franzone’s is located in Bridgeport, PA, a few blocks from my maternal grandparent’s house. Every time our family had a gathering at their home, Franzone’s was usually on the menu. We’d walk to the store with my grandfather or one of my uncles, and try not to swipe a slice on the walk home. Going to Franzone’s was one of my best childhood memories, and I cannot describe how sad I am at Mr. Franzone’s passing.

Rest in peace, Mr. Franzone.