Antonio’s Flying Pizza: 51 years of dough-flying fun!

Houston, Texas– When you enter Antonio’s Flying Pizza, it still looks the same as it did 51 years ago. The ingredients for the New York-style pizzas are still the same, you’ll still see pizza dough flying through the air, and you’ll still see Antonio Rosa throwing pizzas.

“He comes every day. He’ll be here every day,” said Marilena Pickett, Antonio’s daughter. “You’ll see him with a smile on his face. Same old Antonio. Customers always say, Antonio, you’ve never changed.”

Rosa immigrated to the United States from Sicily at the age of 18 and opened his first pizza restaurant in Brooklyn in 1959, selling slices for 15 cents a piece. In 1971 he moved to Houston and opened what is now the landmark restaurant Antonio’s Flying Pizza on Hillcroft. The family-run restaurant quickly became known for its flying pizza dough show.

“The pizza toss, I did that in New York, so I brought it over from New York,” Antonio said. “It was something new in America back then.”

Almost five decades later, Antonio is still throwing dough and his daughters now help him run the restaurant.

“God gives me a need to work and get up in the morning and go to work and minister to the public,” Antonio said. “I will do it until I die.”

Hours and a menu can be found online at Antonio’s Flying Pizza. Antonio’s Flying Pizza: 51 years of dough-flying fun!

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