Local family brings tradition to Mercedes

MERCEDES — Israel Formacio came into town with an idea everyone was going to love, and he knew it.

Mercedes now has a taste of pizza all the way from the Jersey shore with Formacio Pizzeria.

“The people like it, and a lot of people say it’s really, really good,” Formacio said. “It’s a small town for a small pizzeria.”

Formacio sells pizza by the slice and with toppings only a restaurant in northern cities might have.

Every day since 2012 the Formacio’s have been pulling pizzas out of the oven and pushing them out the door so fast they have recently moved into a new and bigger location on the same street they have always been located.

The husband and wife duo do it all together. One works the day and the other works the evening shift.

It’s a long way from his poor upbringing in Mexico. Formacio is living the American Dream giving the people of Mercedes what they want and love.

Formacio said he learned the pizza recipes from an Italian restaurant in New Jersey where he worked for many years.

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