Russell Sciabarrasi was born on June 18, 1933, in New York to (Maria) Stella Cipolla, age 26, and Paulo Sciabbarasi, age 37.


Russell was 2 years old and lived in Buffalo, New York at 105 Fourth Street.

105 4th Street


Russell was 6 years old and lived in Buffalo, New York at 105 Fourth Street.


Russell’s (18) father Paulo passed away on March 24, 1952, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 56.

In the same year, Russell married Annette (my grandmother). He was living at 6 19th Street and she was living at 292 14th Street, Buffalo, NY.

In Summer of 2017, my grandmother told me stories about my grandfather. She met him at a local bakery. She really wanted to be a nun and didn’t take an interest at first. He pursued and she finally married him. They had 6 children, and she could have had more. My grandfather asked about where she was buying peppers and told her my great-grandfather had the best peppers at his shop.


Russell was featured in the paper for the birth of his son, John, my father. He was living at 425 7th Street (now a lot).


At age 30, Russell applied to open a pizzeria (La Strada Restaurant) at 1503 Hertel Ave (near the now popular Lloyd’s Restaurant) with Peter Cefalu (probably a cousin). Russell was living at 211 Crestwood at the time.


Russell applied to open a pizzeria (Brothers 3 Pizzeria) at 2491 Delaware Ave. with sons, Russell, Paul, and Frank. It is now the home of Frank’s Sunny Italy.


Russell’s (41) mother (Maria) Stella passed away on October 30, 1974, in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 67.


Russell died on March 24, 1977, in Buffalo, New York, when he was 43 years old and is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, in Buffalo, NY. He had onset diabetes and his doctor knew he would pass away before he did because he was experiencing so many signs of death. Later, the doctor told my grandmother that he knew but that he didn’t say anything because he didn’t want to upset my grandmother or the family. Back then, they didn’t really know how to treat diabetes.