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Little Italy Pizzeria in Gainesville shuts down
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Little Italy Pizzeria on Riverside Drive in Gainesville - photo by David Barnes

Little Italy on Riverside Drive in Gainesville has closed after 16 years, according to a Wednesday, Aug. 8, post on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

A Facebook post the evening before advertised that Little Italy was looking for new employees. It had just held a 16th anniversary celebration Aug. 3.

The phone number for the restaurant was disconnected Friday and the building locked. No one from the restaurant responded to a Facebook message requesting comment.

The restaurant had previously announced on Facebook on May 12 that “these next few weeks will be our last.”

“It is time for me to take a break from the restaurant industry for my health and my family,” Cortese posted May 12.