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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Some of the information in the “Dining” review, “Delivering the secret recipe,” (Ticket, April 11) about P&M Pizza needs to be clarified. The article tried to tell the story of P&M's origins to the present, but it mixed fact with fiction.

P&M was established in 1945 by our father, Mooney Martz, and a business associate. Mooney and his brother, Lefty, ran P&M for most of its existence. The creator of the original — and famous — P&M pizza pie recipe was Mooney's wife, Teresa, who first made the pizzas in her home. P&M and the recipe were sold in 1995. To the Martz family's knowledge, the recipe has not been sold nor replicated since that time.

The article said the local legend is that the current owner found the recipe behind a wall while remodeling in 2007. Anyone who knew Mooney knows the legend is not true.

Mooney was a man of honesty and conviction. Knowing that someone claims to have obtained that recipe without a sound basis is nothing Mooney would advocate.

And capitalizing on the memory of one of Arnold's legendary men — with whom these owners have no personal connection — is quite disheartening to Mooney's family, who cherish the mythical originator of P&M Pizza.

Carol Martz Ansani

Vonna Martz Horwitz

New Kensington

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