Totino's Italian Kitchen RIP

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You'll have to eat your Totino's at home.
Fire up the oven and pull out the red cardboard box: You're going to have to make your Totino's Party Pizza at home, puffy, air-pocketed crust, pepperoni cubes, and all.

After 60 years in business, the Mounds View restaurant will serve its last meal on Sunday, the Pioneer Press reports.

Rose and Jim Totino opened the restaurant in its original Minneapolis location on Central Avenue NE, in 1951. More famously, they developed the frozen Totino's Pizza brand, which actually uses a different recipe from the restaurant's pies, and sold it to Pillsbury in the 1970s. (They used some of their pizza funds to support the private Catholic Grace High School, which became Totino-Grace as a result.)

Rose and Jim's grandson, Steve Elwell, bought the restaurant in 1987 and ran it in the original location until selling the building in 2007. When Totino's reopened in a former Mattress Factory in Mounds View, the restaurant traded cozy charm and big red booths for an ambiance that James Norton described in his excellent City Pages review as "sanitized" and "TGI Friday's-like."

The restaurant didn't get as many customers as it needed in the new location and thus Elwell decided to close. It'll be a tough transition for employees--Elwell had worked in the business since high school; his sister-in-law had been a waitress at Totino's for 25 years--and longtime customers, some who had been visiting since the 1950s.

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weioqwea
weioqwea

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Mblair
Mblair

We also have eaten here since the 50's.  We had our wedding rehearsal here, years later our son had his her, and a few years later my daughter had hers here.  We have always enjoyed Gina (she is darling) tellilng us stories of her son and home.  My husband and son ate here a couple weeks ago and said they had a feeling something was wrong.  We are so very sad to see Totino's go.  Bye dear friend.  The D. Blair family.

toyfated
toyfated

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sam
sam

Ahhhh...I never got the Totino-Grace connection. Thanks!

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