The Flying Pizza celebrates 50 years in business

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Flying Pizza in downtown Dayton is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The popular pizzeria opened October 1, 1971 and the owner said it was also a Friday. Decades later, John Graci the owner, has retired and his sons now run the pizza spot

“We were the first one in Dayton to sell pizza by the slice,” said Graci. “Everybody was serving pizza by the whole pie.”

The pizza place is famous for it’s New York style and the pizza makers tossing the pizzas into the air. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, The Flying Pizza was joined by hundreds of customers new and old…including the very first customer ever.

“He made this wonderful establishment through many years and now his sons are taking over the old tradition and it hasn’t lost its taste,” said Kenneth Screven, that first customer.

Screven shared that on the day that The Flying Pizza opened, he had just moved to Dayton and was hoping to get a…

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