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No Power? No Problem for Pizza-Makers

Lack of electricity doesn't stop dedicated Italian pie-makers.

Illiano's Pizzaria opened at 2 p.m. Sunday on South Main Street and the team chose to stay the course and make pizza with their gas-fired ovens. 

A glass wall beside the pizza bay allowed sunlight to stream in, as more 55 pizzas were made and delivered to the CL&P headquarters in Madison to feed dozens of crews working on Connecticut's downed power lines.

Illiano's staff, with battery-fueled work phones and headlamps, continued to make pizzas until 9 p.m. Sunday. Despite running out of folded boxes and rushing for ingredients, more than 300 pizzas were made.

Monday could provide the same challenges, as the timeline of power restoration is uncertain. As of Monday at 1:10 p.m., 46 percent of Middletown CL&P customers, 10,046, remained without service.

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John Brush August 30, 2011 at 12:58 AM
A most interesting and timely video Darrell; thanks for documenting the saga of pizza for the powerless and dispossessed!
Lynn Herlihy August 30, 2011 at 11:15 AM
No finer food in the world than pizza. Great video and great subject. Thanks for giving a different slant to the storm.
amynyc1 August 30, 2011 at 01:33 PM
Amazing , and truly a good deed .
sharon blackburn August 30, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Most restaurants have gas grills and can at least make eggs and toast on them. Thanks for the story. Nice to see people working together.

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