3 things to know about Dayton's first pizza chain

Faye Cameron displays a Cassano Pizza Kings pizza at the North Main Street location in 1976. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
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Faye Cameron displays a Cassano Pizza Kings pizza at the North Main Street location in 1976. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE

Credit: Dayton Daily News Archive

Credit: Dayton Daily News Archive

More than 60 years after it was founded, Cassano’s Pizza King has been honored by the State of Ohio with a historical marker outside the company headquarters in Kettering. The marker commemorates the pizza chain’s contribution to the state’s history.

Here are things you didn't know about the history of Dayton's first pizza chain:

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1. The first one was small. A 20-by-15-foot room at West Schantz Avenue and Patterson Boulevard housed the first Cassano's Pizza King in 1953.

2. The name wasn't the same then. The first moniker? Vic and Mom's.

3. It was once one of the country's biggest. Fourth largest, to be exact, in the 1970s with 125 locations.

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