Senator Tony Hwang Joins Westport Community to Recognize and Thank Carmelo “Mel” Mioli and Westport Pizzeria

January 6, 2020

(Right to left) Wesport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Mel Mioli, Carrie Mioli, and State Sen. Tony Hwang at Westport Pizzeria on Jan. 3rd. Hwang and Marpe presented the Miolis with citations commemeorating their 50+ years making pizza in Westport.

After more than 51 years of serving up pizza slices and a welcoming homespun sense of community to multiple generations of students, families and Main Street shoppers, Westport Pizzeria will close its doors Saturday, Jan. 11th and its owner, Carmelo “Mel” Mioli will officially retire.

Senator Tony Hwang joined by Probate Judge Lisa Wexler, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe, Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker, Rep. Gail Lavielle and nostalgic customers to celebrate and recognize Westport Pizzeria and Mel Mioli, while enjoying one last slice of Westport pizza history.

Senator Hwang said, “This is an opportunity for us as leaders of Westport and Connecticut along with the Westport community to take a moment and say thank you. Thank you Mel for the thousands of people you’ve fed at events and households and for helping to make them feel like they’re at home. For me personally, it’s especially important to recognize the entire Miloi family for their incredible work and demonstrated love for Westport. It’s all about a family committing itself to giving back to the community.”

Surrounded by the community leaders and loyal customers, Mel Mioli was moved by the outpouring of fondness and support. “I’m impressed at how many people came here. Most with tears in their eyes. I’m glad everyone could be here. This particular moment I won’t forget for the rest of my life.”