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Anthony Bellucci , One of New York City’s eminent pizza chefs has died, less than a year after he was forced to rename his eponymous Queens pizzeria to settle a bitter feud with a former business partner.
Anthony Bellucci died overnight, his restaurant, Anthony Bellucci ‘s Pizzeria, announced on Instagram early Thursday.
“Rest In Peace my friend. Thank you for all the lessons you taught us about your life’s passion PIZZA,” the emotional post read.
Anthony Bellucci died at the age of 59 years old.
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The Astoria pie joint said it would be closed Thursday in the late owner’s honor.
As a chef and a businessman, Bellucci, 59, was known for taking the adage of getting one’s hands dirty a little too far.
After making a name for himself by revamping Lombardi ‘s on Spring Street in Manhattan in the early ’90s, his career was interrupted by a stint behind bars for embezzling funds from a law firm where he previously worked.
Bellucci then spent 16 years driving cabs before getting back into the slice game by sojourning to Kuala Lumpur with restaurateur Michael Helfman in 2013.
He opened Bellucci Pizza on 30th Avenue with Leo Dakmak in 2021.
One of the specialty pies, the pepperoni-loaded “Sonny Supreme,” was named in honor of his former cellmate, Colombo underboss John “Sonny” Franzese.
“I have only one goal,” he told The Post at the time.
“And it’s to become the first slice shop with a Michelin star.”
Bellucci and Dakmak’s partnership was short-lived.
Within months, Bellucci broke away entirely and opened rival Bellucci’s Pizzeria just eight blocks away.
He changed the name of the new restaurant to Andrew Bellucci’s Pizzeria last summer as part of a settlement when Dakmak reportedly sued him for trademark infringement.
Andrew Bellucci’s Pizzeria did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for a comment.