By chef and owner Gino Gargano's estimation, he's made more than 3.6 million pizzas at his State Street eatery since he opened in 1963. Gargano announced Thursday morning he would serve his last stuffed slices next month.
Gargano said he's closing the Italian restaurant's doors to retire. His wife of 23 years, Stella, said Gargano works seven days a week getting up at 5 a.m. to make his sauces and dough from scratch. At 73 years old, he's ready for a break.
"It'll be hard, it won't be easy," Stella Gargano said. "He's stubborn, he wants to do everything from scratch. But he's 73, he needs to slow down a little bit."
Gino Gargano was born and raised in Sicily, and moved to Madison in his early 20s. He opened Gino’s at 540 State St. on July 5, 1963, and will close Oct. 31.