According to a reliable source, Frank Pecoraro â€“ the East Side's "Pepperoni Cannoli" guy â€“ has passed away.
A Facebook post revealed that a visitation will be at St. Rita's church, 1601 N. Cass Street, on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.
In 2009, Pecoraro won the "best street food" in OnMilwaukee.com's Best Dining contest.
The iconic, sometimes surly, former-butcher-turned-cooler-toting-senior sold pepperonis and cannolis to late-night drinkers. He was a Brady Street fixture and he will be missed.
Frankâ€™s family includes his wife, Rosaria; children, Rosalia (Franco) Barbara and Salvatore Pecoraro; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and many other relatives and friends.
For me, there never was an East Side drinking scene without Frank. I think I only bought a pepperoni from him twice, but seeing him always gave me a "God, I love this city" moment.
Do you have a Frank story? Feel free to share it via the Talkback feature. And say it with me: "Pepperoni! Cannoli!"
I never met the Cannoli man but I was hoping to! I learned of him through Michael Drake and the song he wrote about Frank.... titled "the Cannoli Man"
Its a great song for what sounds like a great guy! I wish I could have met him!
"I say someone put together a fund maybe through kickstarter.com or something..."
so do it.
I say someone put together a fund maybe through kickstarter.com or something, to have a bronze statue of the guy put up somewhere on the East Side by North Avenue or Brady Street. Complete with bronze cooler in one hand and a bronze cannoli in the other.
He will be missed. He's definitely a big part of my memories of the East Side. When I drove a cab in my 20s, I passed him halfway across the North Ave. bridge, late at night, in the middle of a blizzard. I slowed down and told him I'd give him a ride, but I was driving a cab and so he thought I was hustling him for a fare, and he waved me away.
Talk about a Milwaukee icon! I remember seeing him, back in the day, when I used to live in the cream city. I used to hear about how he kept anything from a pistol to a revolver under those pepperonis and cannolis!
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