LODI, N.J. — Curioni's in Lodi is so old it predates zoning laws that would normally prevent a pizzeria from being built in the middle of a residential area.
"Everything [here] is non-conforming," Owner Walter Curioni said. "We were grandfathered into a lot of things."
Curioni's is located across from Wilson Elementary School in a residentially zoned part of town. The store itself is attached to a home where some of the Curioni family lives.
The store's various quirks make it difficult to sum up in an encompassing term. For most, Curioni's is simply part of the neighborhood.
"It’s word of mouth. We’ve been here so long," Curioni said.