Davanza’s figure dies in Arizona
October 21, 2008
Tom Troilo had a desire to be a businessman, loved Park City
Tom Troilo, the co-owner of one of Park City’s favorite pizza places, died on Oct. 9.
Troilo was 45 years old and died suddenly while visiting friends in Phoenix. He and four siblings bought Davanza’s in 1999.
Mary Ann Cirino, Davanza’s bookkeeper, said Troilo moved to Park City in the mid-1980s. He mostly lived in Old Town before moving to Big Cottonwood Canyon two years ago, she said.
"The skiing, the people," Cirino said as she talked about what influenced Troilo to stay in the Park City area.
She said he traveled frequently and went to Sri Lanka to assist with the relief efforts after the 2004 tsunami.
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Davanza’s expanded to three locations — Old Town, Kimball Junction and Salt Lake City — and Troilo managed the Salt Lake restaurant during the past few years, Cirino said. The three will remain open.
"I think it was a desire to be a businessman," she said.
The Old Town restaurant, located on Park Avenue close to the Town Bridge, regularly draws crowds of Parkites and visitors, with pizza, tacos and sandwiches among the popular menu items.
A private service was held in San Antonio last week, and a memorial will be scheduled in Park City later.
The Maricopa County, Ariz., medical examiner had not determined a cause of death by Friday morning.