ABOUT BELLA MARIA TOMATO PIES
Winner of The Best Pizza Shop of 2017 (Bucks County Courier Times)
Alex is the owner of Bella Maria Tomato Pies and has a family pedigree in the pizza business. Both sides of his family were bakers who emigrated from Naples and Calabria, Italy in the 1920's. Pizza is literally a part of Alex's DNA. His paternal grandmother's name: Raffaella Pizza.
Alex's father Carmen opened up his first pizzeria with his brother Frank and a friend in Bristol PA in 1947. Drafted into the army in 1951, Carmen sold his share of the pizzeria and served his country honorably in the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the US Army, Carmen married and supported his family working as both a steelworker and a pizza maker. (Pizzaiolo)
In 1970, Carmen opened his second pizzeria on Neshaminy Blvd. in Bensalem PA. Carmen taught the pizza business to his three sons,
and handed down to them a recipe for pizza dough that his uncle Pasquale gave to him in 1947. Carmen's uncle Pasquale was the founder of Italian Peoples Bakery in Trenton NJ.
Since 1972, Carmen’s three sons have developed, owned and operated several pizzeria restaurants in Bensalem PA, Levittown PA, Langhorne PA, Stone Harbor NJ, Avalon NJ, and Virginia Beach VA.