Anthony Saia, beloved Baton Rouge deli co-founder, dies at 71


BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) — The co-founder and namesake of Anthony’s Italian Deli has died, relatives confirmed Sunday.

Anthony Saia, died in his sleep Saturday morning, the 71-year-old’s family announced on the deli’s Facebook page.

“He was a great husband, a loving father, an awesome and caring grandfather, a thoughtful brother and generous friend,” the post reads. “He was always there for all of us. We will miss you, Poppy.”

Saia, born in Sicily, moved to Baton Rouge in 1971 with his wife, Maria. They opened the deli in 1978 on Florida Boulevard, then relocated in 2015 to the corner of Government Street and Jefferson Highway.

Saia recently handed the deli’s daily operations to his wife and two children.

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