West Haven mourns founder of Cappetta’s Italian imports

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WEST HAVEN, CT – The community of West Haven and beyond mourns the death of Aniello Cappetta, the founder of Cappetta’s Italian Imports Pizza and Catering. He was 73 years old.

The family announced Cappeta’s death in a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page on Monday.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our founder Aniello Cappetta,” the message read. “Aniello passed away early this morning with his family by his side. To allow us time to mourn, we will be closed for business this week and will reopen on February 28. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Cappetta’s Italian Imports Pizza and Catering is known as “West Haven’s Little Italy” in the Allingtown section of town. Aniello launched Italian imports of Cappetta with his late wife Palma in 1989.

More than 400 people wrote their condolences to the family in the comments section under the Facebook post.

One person wrote: “We are so sorry for the loss of your family. He was such a good man and an essential part of the community. We will miss him and always remember him fondly. Our thoughts and prayers support the family.”

Another person wrote, “I have never met a kinder man. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Luigi, Donato and their families. May your father rest in peace.”

Cappetta was named West Haven’s 2019 Italian-American of the Year. He was honored as part of the festivities for West Haven’s 21st Annual Columbus Day Celebration on the steps of City Hall.

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