Created by Tony Pann
Nestled in the southwest corner of Lackawanna County, with a population of nearly 9,000, is the amazing town of Old Forge, PA. The community, being a majority of Italian immigrants, underwent a transformation to meet the challenge of the post-WWII economic downturn in the coal industry and the transfer of the garment industry to other locations around the world.
During the difficult period of the coal mining days, the hard working miners of this tiny town would climb out of the earth at night and go to the local taverns for some down time. It was there that the wives and daughters of these men would make their homemade dough on “rectangular baking pans” and top it with fresh homegrown tomatoes and spice from their gardens … this being the original concept of Old Forge Pizza.
After many years of dedicated effort, the town has been very successful in transitioning into a highly respected mecca for Italian cuisine and has attained the distinction of being regarded as “The Pizza Capital of the World.”
Over the years, a tradition as sacred as high school football on Friday nights has resulted in an overwhelming influx of Valley residents to partake in the post game ritual of “Lets go to Old Forge for Pizza.”
Keeping with the tradition of the famous Pizza Makers of Old Forge, The Arcaro & Genell Family assumed their business in 1962, which was the former Laurenzi’s Restaurant. We are at located at 443 South Main Street, Old Forge, in the heart of the “Pizza Capital of the World.” If you come to Old Forge on a Friday night and just take a deep breath when you get out of your car on Main Street, you’ll know why Old Forge is considered the Pizza Capital of the World.
You can’t beat the atmosphere of our restaurant. It’s a busy place with a laid-back attitude. You get that “family feel” the minute you walk in the door. Everyone seems to know each other, and if they don’t, they probably will by the time they leave. From fine dining entrees to Pizza and Clams … you can get it all at Arcaro & Genell and still wear your jeans!
Arcaro & Genell is open 6 days a week, serving lunch daily at 11. We feature daily specials with take-out available, and dinner Monday through Saturday begins at 3. We also offer on and off-site catering services for any type of event with catering available in our banquet facility, which accommodates up to 200 people. We have catering available at the All Seasons Banquet Center for larger groups, which is located in Moosic, Pennsylvania; at Mt. Carmel Parish Center in Pittston, Pennsylvania; and St. Maria Goretti in Laflin. Other facilities are also available depending on your locality, including your home.