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Via Veneto Founder Dies at 58

Natale "Nat" Stabile, the founder and co-owner of Via Veneto, died on Saturday, Aug. 11, after a long battle with cancer.

Natale "Nat" Stabile, Norristown legend and founder and co-owner of , reportedly passed away on Saturday, Aug. 11, after a long battle with cancer. He was 58.

Stabile moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. from his birthplace of Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily in 1969 but soon settled in Norristown in 1973 at the age of 18. It was then he opened Via Veneto. According to a moving feature about Stabile on PhillyBurbs.com, he opened Nat's Pizza in Doylestown three years later and became a beloved figure in that town as well. 

"He’s the best pizza man I’ve ever seen and probably the fastest I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen him make a pizza in 26 seconds from beginning to end," Tim Wylie, manager of Nat's Pizza, told PhillyBurbs.com.

Stabile, who lived in Plymouth Meeting until his passing this weekend, was known as a Renaissance man. When Stabile's water ice operation began to pick up steam, he reportedly designed the layout for his water ice factory in Norristown and even did much of the construction work himself, including the welding. 

Services for Natale "Nat" Stabile will be held at Boyd-Horrox Funeral Home, at 200 West Germantown Pike in East Norriton, this Thursday, August 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. and again on Friday from 8 to 9:15 a.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Church on Johnson Highway and New Hope St. Stabile will be entombed in St. Patrick's Mausoleum.

Read more about Stabile's life at PhillyBurbs.com and read his full obituary on The Times Herald's website.

Milky August 14, 2012 at 03:12 PM
A true Norristown legend, indeed. As a young child, my Mom used to treat us every-other Friday night, to a Sicilian pie from Via Veneto's. Later in life, I would ride my bike all the way from West Norriton to sit there and eat water ice. Now as an adult, I enjoy bringing out of town guests there for some pizza and water ice. R.I.P., Nat. You will be missed.
Michelle Butler August 14, 2012 at 03:53 PM
My condolences to the family!!!!! They have always made myself and my family feel like a part of the family!!!! So saddened by their lost!!!
george washinko August 14, 2012 at 06:47 PM
a very stand up guy,when norristown little league needed a donation, he was always willing to give, not 1 pie but 3 pies.always had a smile on his face.glad i got to know him.
Ashley August 15, 2012 at 07:05 PM
He is beyond beloved in the community and was a very generous man.
Raina Saladino DeStefano August 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Very sad to hear of Mr. Stabile's passing. I didn't know him personally, but I knew his sons growing up and I am a big fan of Via's Sicilian pizza (the only Sicilian pizza I will eat)! So sorry for your loss.
MagCAT1964 August 17, 2012 at 01:31 AM
Sorry for your lose. We always hasd sicilain pizza on friday night growing up. I live in Glenside and stop by every so often to have a sicilian slice. I am sicilan. I tell my friends it's the best pie I ever had, It's the best and I always recommend it to my friends. He will be missed. He was so young, it saddens me. I luv your water ice too. I even see signs for waterice down the shore. Take care. Luv ya all. Maggie Catagnus Hometown Norristow. We lived on Locust st near Logan square.
Murray Monastero June 19, 2013 at 02:43 AM
My prayers are with the family! So sorry!

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