Abate Pizza started in 1956 by it's founder Joseph N. Abate, also known as "pop" to his family. He set out to make the perfect pizza, experimenting with the best Italian products and succeeded with a pizza everyone loved. Joe eventually retired and handed the business to his son, Louis.
Louis opened the first Abate Restaurant in New Haven's little Italy on Wooster Street. From his immediate success in the New Haven location, he opened his second pizzeria in Orange, CT. Both locations quickly placed among the most popular pizzerias in Connecticut!