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West Reading Peeps
(SELF-) MADE IN AMERICA...
Meet Antonio Lavigna
of Tony's Al Taglio
I
first became aware of Tony's Al Taglio, West Reading's place for
hand-crafted, Roman-style pizza and amazing subs since 2018, when
my friend Amanda became obsessed with Tony's takeout. She had
a whole system for securing her favorite Tony's menu items, the Bayside
Cheesy Fries and Classic Cheesesteak:
1. Use Tony's convenient online ordering system, but order early in the
day because Tony puts out fresh, quality food, and when it's gone,
it's GONE.
2. Pick up your food at the assigned time, and Tony himself will be there
to greet you and make sure your food is perfect.
3. Manga - eat and enjoy!
One night she coached me through my first Tony's order, and we took
our food to the Broken Chair to enjoy with a cold brew.
limited edition BVDB Burger and we got a bunch of the fries.
right - delicioso!
I ordered the
She was
When owner Antonio (Tony) Lavigna agreed to meet me at Barley Mow for
brunch on a beautiful October Sunday recently, I wondered what stories
he might tell. Pulling up on his 1974 Giallo yellow " survivor " Vespa
(meaning it's all-original/unaltered) which is about to go on-loan to the
AACA Museum in Hershey for six months, he did not disappoint...and in
fact the only disappointed person that morning was his wife, Magan, who
graciously missed brunch so I could pepper Tony with questions about
his life, food, and philosophies.
Tony is a second-generation Italian American whose parents immigrated
in the early 1970s; his mother, Grazia, came from Sicily and his father,
Domenico, from Calabria.
It was a time when Italians arrived with one
suitcase and knew if they didn't work hard, they wouldn't eat. The two met
at H Oritsky's, a clothing manufacturer in Reading, got married and started
a family. Tony, the middle child between big sister Emilia and younger
sister Maria, was born in 1975. The family lived on Gregg Avenue near a
car lot...no doubt the beginning of Tony's fascination with cars, especially
old classic cars (his first car was a 1979 Fiat which he paid cash for at age
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