Ohio to honor Cassano’s with historical marker

Cassano’s Pizza King will receive a high honor this week when Ohio places a historical marker at the company’s headquarters at 1700 E. Stroop Road, Kettering.

Cassano’s was the first pizza shop in the Dayton area. It was founded in 1953 by Vic Cassano Sr. and his mother in law, Mom Donisi.

Cassano’s first location was at Schantz Avenue and Patterson Road, where pizza was sold out of the back of Vic’s grocery store, said Lora Cassano Hammons, Vic Cassano Sr.’s granddaughter and company community manager.

The marker represents the restaurant’s contributions to the state’s history.

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Chief executive officer Vic (Chip) Cassano III and President Chris Cassano will be there to accept the honor, along with several others.

Cassano’s has 33 family-owned locations in the greater Dayton area along with five franchise locations. The company employs around 600 people.

The dedication ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. June 3. Those in attendance also include, Ohio Senator Peggy Lehner, Montgomery County Commissioner Matt Joseph, Kettering City Manager Mark Schweiterman, Andy Verhoff of the Ohio History Connection.