Mama Sbarro

Carmela 'Mama' Sbarro dies at age 90

The cofounder of the Sbarro Italian quick-service chain worked into her 80s

Carmela “Mama” Sbarro, who, with her husband Gennaro, founded the Sbarro Italian quick-service chain more than 50 years ago, passed away July 7. She was 90 years old.

Born Dec. 15, 1921, she immigrated to the United States with her husband and three sons, Joseph, Mario and Anthony, from Naples, Italy. She and Gennaro opened an Italian deli at the corner of 17th Avenue and 65th Street in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1956 called Sbarro Salumeria, which served authentic dishes sh

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