In 1991, business partners Ted Ligori and husband and wife Mike and Lucy Morrelli opened their first Ligori's Pizza & Pasta near McKay-Dee Hospital on Harrison Boulevard in Ogden.
Eight years later, they opened a second location in Layton, and the Morrellis became the managers there while Ligori stayed in Ogden. In 2010, the Ogden restaurant moved to a new, larger building on Old Post Road.
Ligori and his wife/assistant manager Diane East were worried about whether they would lose customers in the move -- the restaurant closed down for five months -- but they were pleasantly surprised when their clientele stayed loyal.
"We have a lot of repeat business and we have loyal customers," Ligori said.
Asked about the secret to the success of keeping the restaurants open for more than 20 years, Ligori said, "We do it by being honest and fair with everybody and having good food."
The recipes for the made-from-scratch dough and sauce come from the Morrelli and Ligori family archives. Both families have ties to Italy and enjoy making good food.
Pizza is a popular menu item, including the Ligori's Combo ($5.99/8-inch), with pepperoni, sausage, ham, mushrooms, green olives and green peppers; the Barbecue Chicken ($5.99/8-inch); and the Artichoke Chicken Alfredo ($6.19/8-inch). Customers can also build their own pie with all of the traditional toppings -- and even some more unique ingredients such as anchovies, artichokes, jalapenos, shrimp, meatballs or steak.
The pastas are also a hit; the spaghetti topped with traditional marinara and meatballs is the biggest seller ($8.59).
Ligori is proud of his Chef Salad ($7.29), topped with green peppers, green and black olives, mushrooms, cheese, ham, pepperoni and choice of dressing.
"It is big and it has everything on it," he said.
Diners are served a loaf of complimentary French bread with their meal.
Ligori has worked in the pizza business since 1963. Even though it has been nearly 50 years, he has no plans to retire. He still works at his restaurant six days a week, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m.
"You don't give up something you love," he said.
LIGORI'S PIZZA & PASTA
- ADDRESS: 4780 Old Post Road, Ogden
- HOURS: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday
- PHONE: 801-476-0476
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- ADDRESS: 2798 N. Hillfield Road, Layton
- HOURS: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday
- PHONE: 801-776-8400