The owner of La Famiglia Pizzeria cited health issues as the main reason behind the unexpected closure of his restaurant.

Steve Escandon, who has been the mastermind behind La Famiglia’s Pizzeria for nearly 10 years, explained the tough decision in a message to Ocala-News.com.

La Famiglia Pizzeria in Ocala, Florida
La Famiglia Pizzeria announced the restaurant was closing earlier this month

Escandon indicated that personal health issues were the driving force that led the closure of the business that has been open for nearly a decade, first getting its start in a separate location on Baseline Road.

“While we take a break from the business, we have time to think about our future, whether or not we would like to open up again, or start something new,” said Escandon in an email response to Ocala-News.com’s request for comment.

Steve Escandon and Miguel Cruz
Owner Steve Escandon in a photo with professional boxer Miguel Cruz during a visit to La Famiglia in 2016

“We appreciate all our customers throughout our years, and hopefully we’ll be back in the future. It’s still undecided what we want to do with the food truck, but it is no longer for sale,” said Escandon, citing a food truck that he spent a year renovating before putting it on the market earlier this month.

La Famiglia food truck in Ocala, Florida
The owner of La Familigia transformed a delivery truck into a food truck in December, 2018.

Escandon also issued a thank you to customers and didn’t shut the door on a possible return of the business in the future.

“Thank you to all our customers throughout the years. We appreciate the support we’ve received,” added Escandon. “Through our journey we created family and friends, with memories that will forever be with us. We thank you all.”
Locals were stunned to hear about the restaurant closure and took to social media to express their disappointment.
La Famiglia customers expressed disappointment in the restaurant's closure
La Famiglia customers expressed disappointment in the restaurant’s closure
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