How Sophia Loren (and baseball) inspired new West Delray Pizzeria

By Rod Stafford Hagwood

Inside Pizzeria Sophia, a new restaurant in West Delray Beach, there are vintage photos of old pizza parlors and a few black- and-whites of celebrities — like  Frank Sinatra — eating pizza.

But there is only one color photo and that is of movie goddess Sophia Loren. “I always loved Sophia Loren,” Frank Crupi says. “I have this picture of her making a pizza in the kitchen, I would say it was in the mid to late Fifties. I  always knew I wanted that in my place. So, we’re thinking about names [for the restaurant]. One day I just said, ‘Pizzeria Sophia’ and everyone said, ‘Yeah, that works.’”

The Pizzeria Sophia had a soft opening this week at 15065 S. State Road 7 (441 and West Atlantic Avenue). Just blocks from West Delray Regional Park, the casual eatery is in a shopping center wrapped around a Wawa
convenience store.

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