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Bob Petrillose, Hot Truck Founder and French Bread Pizza Inventor, Dies

"Bob built his life around the Hot Truck, striving to put out a very, very high-quality product." From left: The Hot Truck, Bob Petrillose. This morning, some sobering news to report. Bob Petrillose has died after fighting Parkison's Disease. Petrillose is the man credited with having invented French bread pizza (later licensed to Stouffer's) and is the founder of the legendary Hot Truck on the campus of Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York.... More

The Hot Truck

The Hot Truck Address: Parks at 635 Stewart Avenue, Ithaca NY 14850, on Cornell University's West Campus [map] Phone: 607-273-1111 Photographs by Adam Kuban It was late last Friday evening and I was on the phone with my girlfriend's sister after having recently arrived in Ithaca, New York, for a weekend visit. "Drive up to campus, and ask any student. Everybody knows where it is," Sis said. "We'll meet you there in 15 minutes." Armed with that tip and a simple map drawn by the motel desk clerk, we set out on the snowy streets hoping the pavement had... More

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