Fred Rosati Wiki – Fred Rosati Biography
Fred Rosati’s 100th birthday party included a big surprise. His family rented a bus, got matching T-shirts, and took him to Wrigley Field for a Cubs game.
Fred Rosati Age
Fred Rosati was 102 years old.
Fred Rosati Family
He is survived by his loving family, wife Theresa Rosati (née Cortina) and seven children: Regina, Stephanie, Rick, Michael, Annamarie, William, and Jeffrey. He is further survived by 14 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, six siblings and many nieces and nephews.
Fred Rosati Early Life, Parents
Rosati was born in Chicago on June 23, 1917, the first of 10 kids to Saverio (Sam) and Anna (née Mercurio) Rosati. Sam Rosati carried on a family tradition of serving Italian food, which Fred picked up.
Fred Rosati Death
A childhood friend, nearly 100 as well, was there, along with about 30 other people. Rosati even got to go on the hallowed field of his favorite team. His long life was filled with baseball, pizza and family.
Fred (Ferdinand) Thomas Rosati, the co-founder of the Rosati’s Pizza franchise, died March 30 of natural causes at the age of 102 in Cave Creek. He cherished his time with family until the end.
“He’d say it all the time, ‘We really got good kids,’ ” his youngest son, Jeff, said. “‘We really got good grandkids.’ So above the business or anything like that, it was really just the kids and the grandkids.”
Co-founder of the Rosati’s Pizza empire
One of 10 siblings and a U.S. Army veteran, Rosati co-founded the Rosati’s Pizza franchise company in the 1970s, expanding family business. Today, there are approximately 200 locations throughout the country, including 14 in Arizona.
Fred loved sausage on his pizzas, and he loved Chicago sausage. He loved Theresa, who he married in 1946, just after serving in World War II from 1940 to 1945. When they started to have kids, he wove pizza into family traditions, many of which are still being carried on today.
“When we were really little, he’d bring home this little pizza oven and make them at home, and the kids in the neighborhood thought that was the coolest thing to be able to make a pizza in your own home,” said his son, Jeff, who is now CFO of Rosati’s Pizza.