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Frank (center) and some Brady Street buddies.
Frank (center) and some Brady Street buddies.

"Pepperoni-cannoli guy" Frank passed away

According to a reliable source, Frank Pecoraro – the East Side's "Pepperoni Cannoli" guy – 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.

Frank’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!"

 

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Baser | Feb. 21, 2012 at 4:52 p.m. (report)

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!

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sandstorm | Feb. 21, 2012 at 8:40 a.m. (report)

"I say someone put together a fund maybe through kickstarter.com or something..."

so do it.

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jjrakman | Feb. 20, 2012 at 4:17 p.m. (report)

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.

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rbranch | Feb. 19, 2012 at 6:14 p.m. (report)

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.

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chezjermea | Feb. 18, 2012 at 8:11 p.m. (report)

36250 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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