Larry Lagattuta Death – Larry Lagattuta, Pittsburgh’s biscotti baron and owner of Enrico Biscotti and Cafe in the Strip District has passed away unexpectedly. Larry Lagattuta, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was announced dead today, Monday, the 26th of June 2023. He died this past weekend. Larry’s contributions to the Strip District, Pittsburgh and the baking community will be missed greatly, but his impact will live on in the form of his delicious crescent-moon-shaped cookies loved around the world. No cause of death was reported.
Strip District Neighbors released a statement regarding the passing of founder, Larry Lagattuta: “The Strip District Neighbors would like to express our condolences to the entire Enrico Biscotti family upon learning of the passing of founder, Larry Lagattuta. He was a staple to the Strip District neighbourhood and his famed biscotti are among the most treasured culinary delights in our community.”
About Larry Lagattuta
Larry’s journey in the world of baking began during his childhood when he frequently joined his mother in the kitchen, honing his skills and developing a deep love for art. As he grew into adulthood, his proficiency in baking proved to be a valuable asset. This became evident when Sam Patti, the owner of La Prima Espresso, tragically lost his baked goods supplier to a devastating fire.
Recognizing an opportunity to lend a hand, Larry stepped forward and offered his assistance to Sam. He volunteered to bake biscotti for the shop, utilizing his expertise to create delectable treats. Larry’s first batch, featuring the tantalizing flavours of anise and almond, was an instant hit among the customers at La Prima. The demand for his biscotti grew exponentially, prompting Larry to produce them regularly, meeting the cravings of Patti’s delighted patrons.
As the demand for his biscotti continued to soar, Larry reached a pivotal moment in his baking journey. The time had come for him to establish his very own shop. He was presented with a 500-square-foot space in the vibrant Strip District. Fueled by passion and determination, Larry made the courageous decision to leave behind his corporate job and devote himself entirely to his craft.
With the support of his devoted family and friends, Larry transformed the space into a cozy haven for pastry enthusiasts. They rallied together, helping him set up the shop and prepare it for the grand opening. During this time, his then-wife took on the task of painting a remarkable sign that would become a recognizable symbol of his establishment—an airborne biscotti, capturing the essence of Enrico’s Biscotti.
Enrico’s Biscotti swiftly became one of the remarkable success stories in the bustling Strip District. As the business flourished, Larry expanded both the storefront and the wholesale operations. Currently, his venture employs over a dozen individuals and churns out more than 90,000 pounds of biscotti annually. Additionally, Enrico’s Biscotti offers a wide variety of other delectable treats, such as cookies, tarts, cakes, croissants, bread, and an assortment of mouthwatering pastries, adding a delightful touch to the culinary landscape of the district.
Larry Lagattuta obituary and funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by the family.
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