Menezes' Pizza started out in 1986 at 810 Genesee Street in Rochester, across the street from St. Monica's church, and 'just across the river' from the University of Rochester. Ken McLean had operated the storefront as Macasa's Pizza from 1971 to 1985, but for many years previously the locals had known and loved it as "Angelina's".
In 1988 the shop moved to a storefront location at 344 Thurston Road. The back-to-front layout gave the biz a tremendous leap in efficiency, and it was at the Thurston Road location in 1990 that Menezes Pizza pioneered locally the 'driver buy' procedure of dispatch and delivery. By the mid 90's, even that space was getting cramped for the volume Menezes was producing. Freddy discovered the building on Chili Avenue, and we signed a lease with the best landlords we’ve ever had - Mitzie Collins and Tom Bohrer.
The summer of 1996, Menezes moved into the current location at 445 Chili Avenue. Air conditioning! Room to move without bumping into your co-worker! What a dream come true! The following year it was time to computerize. Menezes installed a customized version of "PRism" (tm) software, (from MicroWorks POS Solutions in Webster, NY) a point of sale product that reduced order-taking errors and helped streamline our production and delivery processes.
The business continued to grow, and in 2001 Menezes Pizza made the ultimate commitment to our neighbors and customers – buying the building on Chili Ave. Two years later, taking advantage of the timing to coincide with the City of Rochester's Chili Avenue Street Improvement & Reconstruction Project, we tore down the newly vacant portion of the building and expanded and improved the parking lot with drainage and better lighting.
Remodeling in 2006 (“Phase II”) was a Façade Makeover with the help of a grant from the City of Rochester’s Economic Development Department.
We were speechless when the 19th Ward Community Association awarded Menezes Pizza its prestigious 'Merchant of the Year' Award for 2007. Thank you, Rochester, for letting us serve you!