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Cliff Dentico, retired North Buffalo pizzeria owner

May 1, 1939 – July 23, 2015

Cliff Dentico, of North Buffalo, a retired pizzeria owner, died Thursday in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a short illness. He was 76.

Born in Buffalo, Mr. Dentico attended St. Rose of Lima elementary school and graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1957.

He met the former Sandy Cino at a shoe store in 1957. They were married in 1959.

He opened Pasquale’s Pizzeria on Hertel Avenue in 1969 and ran the business for 27 years. Pasquale’s was one of the first in the area to offer stromboli, a type of turnover filled with various cheeses, according to his son, Michael.

Pasquale’s functioned as a takeout and delivery business until 1990, when Mr. Dentico added a sit-down area to the restaurant. He left the business in 1996, but remained in the food industry, working with his brother, Vincent, and nephew, Enzo, at Infusion Food Brokers until retiring in 2014.

Mr. Dentico enjoyed visiting with family and friends, sports, hunting and fishing, the music of Frank Sinatra and supporting the Buffalo Bills.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sandy; a brother, Vincent; a daughter, Carla Weeks; three sons, Todd, Michael and Paul; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Thursday in St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 1395 Hertel Ave.

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