The iconic Buffalo, NY Pizza is coming downtown.

The owner, Jim Pacciotti is reopening on the corner of Clinton and Adams St where Bocce was once at. The original location was on Hickory Stick back in the 1940s before closing in 1958.

Bocce Club Pizza
618 Clinton St. Buffalo

Bocce got its start on Hickory Street in 1946 after Dino Pacciotti returned from World War II. The business was a members-only bocce ball court. (“You needed a membership to come in,” his son Jim Pacciotti told me. “You had your card, you played some bocce, and had a meal.”) Dino, a bartender, bought Bocce and decided to start making pizza. “The other bartenders thought he was crazy,” Jim told me last year, “but he found a Blodgett oven in the basement and started experimenting with a recipe.”