Pizza makers take name battle to court

July 17, 2002

PITTSBURGH -- Two Pittsburgh pizzerias are headed to federal court to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Vincent's Pizza Park is considered a local landmark, selling its famed "Vinnie Pie" since the 1950s, according to the paper. The restaurant's owner, Vincent Chianese, is suing the owner of Vincent's Pizza Pub for capitalizing on his reputation while selling an inferior product.

Vincent Abbato has operated the pub in two locations since the early 1990s. Abbato opened another pub at the local ballpark in 2001, exposing customers to what they thought was the original Vincent's, according to Chianese.

That has caused "extreme confusion" among the public, the lawsuit says, especially since "many of these patrons have also complained to Vincent's Pizza about the comparable lack of quality of the pizza served by defendant."

Vincent's Pizza Park's trademark expired after the PNC Park restaurant opened, according to the paper. Chianese registered the name in 1991, but according to the lawsuit, the trademark was canceled in 1998 after Chianese didn't file an affidavit of continued use.

Topics: Independent Operation

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