After four decades, Ithaca’s Napoli Pizzeria is closing

Napoli Pizzeria, which Italian brothers Emilio and Leo Sposito opened in Downtown Ithaca in 1976, is closing this Friday after 43 years in business. The restaurant will be open 11am-5pm through Friday, April 26th.

The original Napoli building was demolished in 2004 to make room for the Gateway Commons project. Photo courtesy Donna Sposito Sutton.

After moving to Ithaca from Fondi, Italy, Emilio and Leo opened and ran the restaurant together. Napoli was in a former gas station building where the Gateway Commons building sits now, until Leo’s retirement in 2003 and Emilio moved the business to the front of the newly renovated Gateway Center in 2004.

Napoli has been right next door to Domino’s Pizza for many years, in the original building, then in the Gateway Center. Domino’s moved to the Gateway Commons several years ago.

Napoli Pizzeria moved to the front of the Gateway Center building 15 years ago. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

Napoli has long made a wonderful traditional round pizza with sauce and dough prepared fresh daily, and some of the meatiest and tastiest wings in town.

The decades-old restaurant follows Sticky Rice and Gateway BBQ, which both closed their doors last year. Sticky Rice closed in February, 2018, and has already been replaced by Shahi Pakwan, and Gateway BBQ closed in December.

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