History of Mike’s Apizza, West Haven, CT

A’pizza Fact #6

The history of Mike’s Apizza starts and continues on with the Buonocore Family, three generations strong.

Andrew Buonocore was the first to come over to the US from the Amalfi coast in 1920, he worked various labor jobs in New Haven and then opened up his first pizzeria and pub on Grand Avenue in New Haven called Neapolitan from 1933-1935.

Mike Buonocore, Andrew’s cousin came over in 1923 from Italy, and he worked at Royal Grand Tavern for one of his relatives from 19 41 to 1947. Mike’s first restaurant was on Jefferson Street in New Haven.

In 1946 Mike moved his wife and kids to West Haven near Savin Rock and started Mike’s Restaurant & Spaghetti house. This pizzeria was located at Thomas Street, West Haven (in front of old Subway on corner of Capt. Thomas and Campbell Ave), originally it was a bakery with a coke fired oven.

Starting in the mid 1960’s Savin Rock was literally dismantled and eventually all torn down and what followed was the devastation of most local restaurants.

Mike, Sr. retired from the business in 1965. After Mike’s retirement, the Simeone Family moved the restaurant to Greenwich Avenue in New Haven and ran it until roughly the mid 70’s .

Frank (Butch) Buonocore, Mike, Sr.’s son opened back in West Haven roughly in the mid 70’s on Wagner Place in West Haven for a short time then he bought the property at 111 Campbell Ave and called it Mike’s Apizza & Restaurant and is still there to this day.

To this day Frank is still making the dough and apizza with his son Mike.

Thank you to Rusty Drake for helping me fill in the blanks.

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