Fallucca founded Palermo Pizza

CREATED Oct 5, 2012

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  • Jack Fallucca, known as "Papa Palermo," checks the thickness of the crusts as they move into the oven in 1991. He died Thursday of natural causes at the age of 82. Image by Journal Sentinel files

Palermo Pizza founder Gaspare "Jack" Fallucca, a Sicilian immigrant who built a frozen pizza empire from a small east side Milwaukee restaurant, died Thursday of natural causes. He was 82.