Plans cooking to reopen much-missed pizzeria in Dracut

Full story: Lowell Sun

Call it a seven-year itch. Since Tony & Ann's Pizza closed in North Chelmsford in 2002, rumors swirled that the family of the pizzeria's founders, Tony and Ann Privitera, would revive the business.

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Jul 4, 2009
 
I read an earlier story on this in the past.
The new news is welcomed. I hope to visit soon.
me from lowell

Dracut, MA

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Jul 4, 2009
 
Can't wait. It will be alot closer to me than it was when it was in Chelmsford. I plan on being there as I'm sure alot of others are. Who said they can't bring the past back sometimes?
Tony Anns

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Jul 4, 2009
 
The Privitera family scouted several spots in recent years with plans to reopen, said Getman, but nothing worked out until now.
As much as i LOVE Tony & Anns,,, why don't you tell the truth,,why are you REALLY coming back? And in all towns,,Dracut??
t-a-pizza

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Jul 4, 2009
 
Tony Anns wrote:
The Privitera family scouted several spots in recent years with plans to reopen, said Getman, but nothing worked out until now.
As much as i LOVE Tony & Anns,,, why don't you tell the truth,,why are you REALLY coming back? And in all towns,,Dracut??
Not quite sure what you are implying here. Why do YOU think we are coming back?

We have checked for locations in Chelmsford, Lowell, Billerica and Tewksbury. Methuen as well as Tyngsboro. There we a slew of factors in why certain spots did not work out for us. It just happened that in this latest round of attempts to open, we drove past this location. We liked the location. We liked what the site has to offer, and we moved forward with it.

Aside from the desire to open, we hear and see comments from the general public. This was in various public forums. Topix, From our own message board, which I had to shut down as well as a Facebook page w/ over 400 members. The majority of which is positive. This obviously had an impact on our plans to reopen. When you consider questions like have we been gone too long and similar items like that.

Our grandparents have a legacy that we would like to continue.

There still appears to be a strong demand for Tony and Ann's Pizza or anything that can come close (Lisa Pizza).

The timing is right. The location is right.

We just need to get approval from the planning board. 7.8.2009 @ 7:15.

Thank you.
Bob

Dracut, MA

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Jul 4, 2009
 
Thank you so much for this great news! I hope to be at the front of the line on opening day!
Mike J

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#7
Jul 4, 2009
 
Growing up in Chelmsford Tony & Ann's was the best by far and now maybe in Dracut works out fine because part of my family lives there. Heading up there next weekend; too bad it won't be there til fall.
t-a-pizza

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Jul 4, 2009
 
Mike J wrote:
Growing up in Chelmsford Tony & Ann's was the best by far and now maybe in Dracut works out fine because part of my family lives there. Heading up there next weekend; too bad it won't be there til fall.
Imagine our surprise in May when we heard it would take up to 4 months before we could do anything...

Once we get past the town meeting and we are (hopefully) approved, full steam ahead.

7.8.2009 around 7:15PM.

Thank you
Maureen Z

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Jul 4, 2009
 
I felt like I had won the lottery when I learned about this yesterday! Tony & Ann's played such a big part in our family's memories. I even have a picture of the original T & A's hanging in my kitchen. I shared this news with our kids and all we can talk about now is tasting our favorite pizza once again - we have missed it so much. Good luck to Tony's family and I'll have my fingers crossed for a positive outcome at the planning board meeting next week. I will absolutely be one of the first customers the day you open.
shelly

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Jul 4, 2009
 
my husband is salivating already. BRING IT ON!
Donna

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Jul 4, 2009
 
My family & I are Counting the days until T & A's opens!
I hope they remember to send mailings to all us North Chelmsford Tony & Ann fans when it's time for the grand opening!
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#12
Jul 4, 2009
 
this is really good news i liked the pizza but now that I'm older don't know if my belly can handle the grease lol from the cheese i know all pizza gets greasy but a good cheese on that crust with that sauce oh dam hurry and open
marcoscutero pelham

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Jul 4, 2009
 
cant wait. until the fall...BRADYS BACK AND SO IS TONY AND ANNS!!!!
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Jul 4, 2009
 
Pizza doesn't get any better than Tony & Ann's and NOBODY has ever come close enough! We can't wait until they finally re-open! Tony & Ann's - WELCOME TO DRACUT! You've been GREATLY missed!! Is it fall yet????
Judy

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Jul 4, 2009
 
Bob wrote:
Thank you so much for this great news! I hope to be at the front of the line on opening day!
Good luck Bob! I'm planning on being first in line!
Lowell All My Life

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#16
Jul 4, 2009
 
I'm starting to look for a home in the Broadway Rd. area of Dracut before prices skyrocket. When Tony and Ann Pizza opens I'm gonna die a glutton from eating their pizza.
I wonder if they'll call your number over the radio's AM station when your pizza is ready like they use to in 1958? I think it was 680 or 650 AM, not sure, it was long ago but the tast of the pie is still fresh in my mind. Now I truly understand the theory behind Pavlov's dog. Call the 1st pizza Pavlov's pizza.

P.S. Hope they make the frozen pizza so we can stock up in case of bad weather.
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Jul 4, 2009
 
Do you think I could have spaghetti in your sweet sauce?
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#18
Jul 4, 2009
 
This is great news! I moved back to the area with my husband a few years ago and every time we drive by the old building I start craving a Tony & Ann's pizza. I'm sure the lines will be out the door!
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#19
Jul 4, 2009
 
Ive heard alot of good things about T and A's pizza..Looking forward to trying some good ol fashion house style pizza...Good Luck with the opening!!!
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#20
Jul 4, 2009
 
Just what we need, ANOTHER gross pizza joint. Let's open a few more Dunkin Donuts too. Maybe we can set the record for the most Pizza and Donut shops per square mile!
excited customer

Dracut, MA

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#21
Jul 4, 2009
 
please please please tell me they are going to do delivery!! really doesnt matter anyways..I would walk a marathon to get a slice of tony & anns.

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