Jerry Schiano (b. September 17, 1933) was born in Monte di Procida, a small town in the Province of Naples in the Italian region Campania, located about 15 km west of Naples Naples. Jerry Schiano was the quintessential Italian immigrant. His first restaurant experience was in Brooklyn, NY where he started as a dishwasher at Little Venice Restaurant. Between 1963 and 1968, Jerry worked at a handful of family-owned and operated pizzerias in New York City and Long Island.
He made his first entrepreneurial move by establishing Jerry’s Pizza on December 28, 1968 at 885 Washington St. in Middletown, CT – the only Middletown pizzeria to sell pizza by the slice, and also the first pizzeria to offer calzones in Middletown. Jerry’s quickly became a favorite amongst Middletown residents and Weselyan students.