Nicola Pizza Co-Owner Returns Home

Filed in Delaware by on January 23, 2013

Okay, I wasn’t even aware of this story until Cassandra mentioned it while we were watching the inauguration.  I googled it at the time, and based on these comments in the News Journal article, decided that Nicholas Caggiano would turn up on his own accord.  Which he just did.

“Troopers talked to the family who thought he went somewhere to blow off steam,” Fournier said, adding that the family initially did not want anything released on the disappearance.

“It’s unusual for someone of his prominence to not make contact with his family,” he said.

The family told troopers that Caggiano has gone missing before, although no reports had been made previously to police, and that he travels a lot.

I’m not even sure what to make of this.  Now, maybe there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for his behavior… but this is one strange story.


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  1. SANDFLY says:

    This guy must have run off with a woman. Just an opinion.

  2. puck says:

    Why did the News Journal run what appears to be a mug shot of Caggiano and not say anything about it?

  3. SussexWatcher says:

    It’s a DL photo.

  4. Aoine says:

    Blue background – DL photo

    Grey background- mug shot

    That simple folks

  5. puck says:

    As much as I’d like to give credit to DL’s crack team of photographers, the News Journal does in fact credit the photo to the Delaware State Police. Some of the story is missing with regard to the unexplained mug shot, although I won’t be too upset if I don’t find out what it its.

  6. SussexWatcher says:

    Ah, I see the confusion. That means it was provided by the DSP – typical in a missing persons case. The press can’t just get someone’s license photo on its own. There’s no need to explain anything because it’s not a mugshot. Granted, he does look a little stoned, but I don’t come off much better on my license.

  7. puck says:

    “There’s no need to explain anything because it’s not a mugshot.”

    Why else do you pose for DSP?

  8. fightingbluehen says:

    I figured the guy was dead. Whenever someone leaves for work and doesn’t show, and is missing for almost two weeks I assume that they are a victim of a crime or they are under the water somewhere.

    Turns out the guy is just a crazy asshole, and actually did this before. Definitely won’t be eating at Nicolas Pizza anymore knowing the owner is so irresponsible and believes that there are no consequences to such actions. He’s got a wife and kids for christ sake.

  9. SussexWatcher says:

    *bangs head*

    DSP did not take the photo. K? It PROVIDED the photo from the DMV, which is why TNJ listed it as the source. The photo is a DL shot, not a police mugshot.

    Your knowledge of the legal system rivals your reading comprehension.

  10. Delaware Dem says:

    Guys, instead of saying DL, which is easily mistaken here for Delaware Liberal, perhaps we can refer to the picture as a Driver’s License Photo.

    It is clearly a driver’s license photo. There, case fucking closed.

    As for Nicola, what a selfish little prick he is. I want the State Police to charge him personally for whatever cost in manpower and equipment it took in searching for his ass.

  11. Jason330 says:

    I kept looking for a the Delaware Liberal picture. When I couldn’t find it I just figured that my Amish computer skills weren’t up to the task.

  12. socialistic ben says:

    hey, let’s not consider that the guy might have some mental health issues that his family chose not to mention to the reporters.

  13. SussexWatcher says:

    Except his name’s not Nicola.

  14. puck says:

    OK, I got it. It was a DMV photo miscredited as a DSP photo. SW, let me know if you need any help banging your head. Also, let me know when your legal skills produce any information besides meek acceptance of police accounts.

  15. SussexWatcher says:

    Yeah, and you’re such a daring rebel questioning the Man with your Googlefu …

  16. waterpirate says:

    It is a family run business, he is the son. So in your world the family’s income should be punished for little Nicks bone head moves? Are you people really the morality business police?

    I will continue to eat nicoboli’s and support local business. What say you morons?

  17. anon says:

    I’m not going to Nicola Pizza anymore, either. Sorry, but I work hard for my money and I’d rather spend it at a Dominos where the staff lives locally and they’re decent people than at Nicola where my money will go to fund Nick Jr’s next attempt and making his wife and kids think he’s dead because he’s a self-centered little bitch.

    It’s not a question of “morality” it’s a question of funding an asshole and the people who raised him to be that asshole.

  18. socialistic ben says:

    please tell me you have a reason to call him an ass hole other than the fact he vanished for a few days.

  19. anon says:

    He “vanished” for over a week, leaving his wife and children fearing the worst. He is an asshole, and a total dick, and I see absolutelynofuckingreason to spend my hard earned money at a pizza joint run by a dick when the area has so many dickless pizza places.

  20. socialistic ben says:

    Lord, why do i constantly let myself get into fights with trolls?

    so you’ve met him. You know that he left for a week to go do something dickish.

    Im also deciding to be offended by the use of male anatomy as a derogatory word.

  21. fightingbluehen says:

    My reason for not wanting to patronize his restaurant is not out of morals or to punish Nicolas. I just don’t trust the guy, so I won’t eat his food.

  22. meatball says:

    I know him and yea, he is definitely a jerk. He walks around in there like he owns the place. Nicolas does make good pizza, though. Nobody goes there in the summer, its too crowded.

  23. anon says:

    Be offended by whatever you’d like, it won’t reach the offense I take at the idea that I should continue to spend my money at a business owned by a total twat (feel better?). Being a locally owned business is always a plus in my book, but if the business is owned by an asshole, as a local, I have no problems going elsewhere.

    meatball-may I suggest Pete’s Steaks on the Highway where Blockbuster used to be? They have a better menu and great pizza, so does Touch of Italy, Pats, Lewes Pizza, and Mr. Ps. All owned by people who haven’t ditched their families for 10 days to go to Florida and allowing their children to think they’re dead.

  24. fightingbluehen says:

    “He walks around in there like he owns the place.” That’s pretty funny…lol

    I’m thinking next time I get in a fight with my wife, I will pull a “Nick Caggiano”. Some place sunny would be nice. Problem is that when I got back she would beat me and probably not let me back in the house.

  25. pandora says:

    Did he go to Florida? I hadn’t heard where he went. How did he do that without using his credit cards?

    I wanted to give this guy the benefit of the doubt, but… How many of us can vanish for almost two weeks and come back and still have our job. If he has emotional problems, then he needs to get help NOW, but if not… then what he did was extremely selfish and abusive behavior.

  26. socialistic ben says:

    Im glad someone else at lest acknowledged that there might be some emotional/psychological issue going on. Who knows. maybe too many of his “friends” were using fake names to bash him online and he had an emotional crisis. Maybe he has a secret drug empire he had to tend to.
    Also, how can nobody go there in the summer and it also be too crowded? asks grumpy cat meme…..
    I honestly have no idea about the guy or the place. I’ve never eaten there… pizza is just a heart attack that doesn’t taste as good as bacon. But this level of animosity toward a small business owner without even understanding all the facts surrounding the case….. what is this, Delaware politics? also, “twat” is even worse.

  27. fightingbluehen says:

    Im glad someone else at least acknowledged that there might be some emotional/psychological issue going on.’

    I called him crazy, didn’t I ?

  28. waterpirate says:

    I think all the swearing and negativity is jelousy? The guy bugged out for a week, so what. Would you rather he stayed and unloaded or vented on someone or something? DSP said the they suspected no foul play, so his wife and family were not worried, or fearing him dead.

  29. anon says:

    I don’t think anyone is “jealous” of a man who takes off for 10 days without contacting his parents, wife and two young children. And if the family wasn’t worried (which BTW they were), why did they contact the police to begin with?

  30. fightingbluehen says:

    “The guy bugged out for a week, so what.”

    He was reported missing on Jan. 12. That’s almost two weeks.

    “DSP said the they suspected no foul play, so his wife and family were not worried, or fearing him dead.”

    “No foul play” doesn’t mean he was fine and his family wasn’t worried. Maybe he wanted them to be worried. He left his credit cards and cell phone behind.
    Also, why would they report him missing to the police if they weren’t worried?

  31. cassandra_m says:

    Add into that the fact that DSP had been looking for him and sounding the alarm for those two weeks. That is a decent chunk of manpower and taxpayer dollars expended on someone who apparently just went to chill for awhile. Someone who would waste taxpayer resources like that deserves some disdain. And an invoice.

  32. socialistic ben says:

    nomination for most republican thing said all day!!!!!!

    Is that like how tax payers shouldn’t pay for the health care costs of people who destroy their bodies with alcohol?

  33. cassandra_m says:

    Um, no. But thanks for playing anyway.

  34. pandora says:

    Of course they were worried. Reporting him missing proves that. Can you imagine how difficult that was, especially confessing to the police that he’s pulled this stunt before?

    In the end, there are only two reasons for this behavior:

    1. He has mental problems, and needs to get help

    2. He is abusive and orchestrated (not using his credit cards is a big tell) his disappearance as a way to punish his family.

    Also, he’s able to continue doing this since his job is guaranteed. Hopefully, all this press coverage will make him change his ways.

    And “Would you rather he stayed and unloaded or vented on someone or something?” is hardly worthy of brownie points. All this statement says is that he can’t control his temper and temper tantrums. What happens the day he can’t get out of town?

  35. socialistic ben says:

    Actually, it is the exact same thing. If you have public resources, sometimes you might disagree with how they are used.
    Some people think you should be drug tested for Unemployment insurance to make sure you “deserve it”. How is that any different than “well he didnt REALLY need the cops…. he should pay extra!”
    You’re all making assumptions about a man and a family that none of you can really claim to know. And if you CAN claim to know him and his family, you should be ashamed of yourselves for betraying their confidence in such a way. Im serious, this appalling.

  36. anon says:

    What’s “appalling” is taking off for ten days without contacting your wife and children. You should be ashamed of yourself for defending a man who would do that to his family.

  37. cassandra_m says:

    Absolutely, anon.

  38. fightingbluehen says:

    Dude, chill it’s been all over the radio, and papers in Sussex. A lot of people were worried. It’s not like we are singling out some obscure person and lambasting them for no reason. The local media probably won’t have anything more to say about it down here considering the amount of advertising revenue at stake. He’ll be fine.

  39. Pencadermom says:

    I doesn’t sound like Ben is defending him. It sounds like he is defending not making assumptions on a story that you don’t know the details of. It does sound suspicious, but like Pandora said it could be mental problems – and maybe he is now getting help. Not bringing his credit card says something, unless he was driving to work and normally carries cash to work instead of credit cards, and had a break down or something on his way to work.. and it could be work related. How busy is his shop this time of year? I don’t know but I’m sure you can easily find a seat at any time. ** I’m not defending him, I’m just saying there could be a reason that we just don’t know about
    And what’s all this talk about their pizza? Who cares about pizza when you can order a Nicoboli. omg they’re good. Now that’s a heart attack waiting to happen.

  40. cassandra_m says:

    And given that folks are using pseudonyms here, we also shouldn’t presume that some of these folks *don’t* have detail that we don’t have access to.

  41. socialistic ben says:

    thank you pen-mom. at least one person is acting decently.
    and to whom it may concern
    I DID make room for people having all the details. I literally addressed that very scenario. go back and read it, i’ll wait.

    K? see how I said if you are familiar with the family you’re a bastard for airing their personal info on a blog? yeah. thanks.
    This crap is boarding on cyber-bullying.

  42. cassandra_m says:

    This crap is boarding on cyber-bullying.

    Is this meant to be English? Seriously, you leave yourself an *out* by allowing how others might have more information than you and then you proceed to whinge on about emotional issues, pizza, small business owners, or WhateverTF you were having on about. The cyberbullying comes from you who badly needed another Holier Than Thou moment at the expense of not even knowing WTF you were talking about. Sheesh.

  43. SussexAnon says:

    Going to Dominos instead of Nicolas because the employees of Dominos are local is the dumbest reason on this thread.

    And its up against some pretty stiff competition. It even beats out the “nobody goes there (to Nicolas) in the summer because its too crowded.”

    I only hope those casting stones never find themselves in the public eye being scrutinized for every quirk or movement they make. Or end up in divorce court where your dirty laundry becomes public record.

  44. meatball says:

    @SB “Also, how can nobody go there in the summer and it also be too crowded?” This is a variant of a Yogi-ism .

    @ FBH-I cracked myself up with that “walking around” bit, too.

    @ anon- I don’t buy Nicolas because why would you go into rehoboth for pizza? I do love our local Pat’s and order a couple of times a month for the gang at work. Haven’t tried the Steak place, but I have heard good things. Lewes Pizza gets a thumbs down for many reasons and I haven’t been to Mr. P’s since the new owner, so that’s been awhile.

    You know who has the best pizza in DE- Delmar Pizza. If you ever find yourself out there on the edge of the Earth.

    A couple of years ago Nick,Jr and a friend nearly drowned when his boat sank at the mouth of the DE bay and he was swept out toward open water. You would think an event like that might change a person.

  45. socialistic ben says:

    i need a holier than thou moment? that’s the reason I’m uncomfortable with a private citizen being singled out on a public forum?
    i know you either need to double down or say you were wrong, which i don’t recall you ever doing since iIve been reading this blog. in fact Im pretty sure you’re famous for “standing your ground” (i said that with a grumpy face) But to people who don’t need to prove that a big strong blogger-champ they are (again, grumpy face), don’t get sucked into this mob mentality.
    This man isnt a politician, he isn’t a celebrity, he isn’t in the public sphere other than being in the news…. and of course this…. shameful, shameful thread.
    He owns a pizza place and has been having a rough year apparently and people have been making wild accusations and character judgments based on an online news article that wasn’t very well-written.
    Pandora, you’ve asked me in the past to think about how what i type here may effect people or how other might see what i think is benign as offensive. I really have and i hope it has shown up. Since you posted this thread (not because of anything you said in it), I ask you to read over it and think about his family and his wife, and what they might see being said by FUCKING STRANGERS…. (sorry) about their father/husband and close the comments.
    I like this blog, I really do… and while my opinion doesnt mean crap, nor should it…. as a long time commenter Im expressing my disapproval of where this is going and the standard it could set.

  46. Joe Cass says:

    Delaware Liberal. The All Righteous Paradigm of Societal Morality.
    An individual who has done you no harm falls to The Blades of Judgement. “That’ll learn him to live his life the way we say he should.” pissants.

  47. AQC says:

    I don’t know him or his family at all but the first thing I thought was bipolar disorder. If this, or a similar diagnosis is true, he needs compassion and treatment as does his family.

  48. SussexAnon says:

    I go to Nicolas (and other in-town restaurants) because I am close to town.

    And there is no good pizza in Sussex County. Only “less bad” pizza. Some are interesting, if not amusing, interpretations of pizza, though.

  49. meatball says:

    I’ll bite (get it?) where in the world does one find “good pizza”?

  50. Dave says:

    Touch of Italy is very good pizza. But pizza is like beer. Some people like Miller Lite or Bud and wouldn’t touch a craft beer. Debating who has the best pizza is entertaining at best. I do know, however, that Grotto Pizza would not be in the running for a good pizza – at least in my opinion.

  51. fightingbluehen says:

    Pizza Villa comes close to being good pizza. I used to like Margaritas pizza in Newark, but honestly I haven’t had a real good pizza since I went to New York.

  52. Aoine says:

    Ugh. Dave. You are so right , I avoid Grottos like the plague

    First time I was there the people I was with were dabbing the Grease off the top with napkins before they ate it.

    I have never gotten that scene out of my head……yuck!

  53. meatball says:

    I’ve not had TOI pizza, but I will try it soon. Grottos pizza is a different animal altogether. It reminds me of nachos with the thin crust and cheddar cheese mix , but really is expensive for pizza. Sometimes, that is what I crave (take away his guns, he must be crazy!!) Sometimes I like the Greek style with the thicker, oilier crust like they serve at the Pizza palaces in Gtown and Millsboro (and Pizza Hut).

    New York style, Chicago style, California style, Greek style, they all have their merits and sometimes you feel like eating one over the other.

    To unequivocally state that one knows exactly what the best pizza in the world (or Delmarva, for that matter) is well… a matter of opinion. Bon appetite.

  54. SussexWatcher says:

    “I only hope those casting stones never find themselves in the public eye being scrutinized for every quirk or movement they make. Or end up in divorce court where your dirty laundry becomes public record.”

    Most things in “divorce court” in Delaware are NOT public record, actually.

  55. Miscreant says:

    Amen, Dave. I used to get a kick out of The Grotto billboards on the way to the beach that said “You Can Almost Taste It”. That pretty much described what they considered pizza. Some observations and facts:
    – My son-in-law used to work at Nicola’s. His impression of Nick Jr. was that he was a Class A douchebag, self-centered and low IQ.
    – He is co-owner of the Nicola’s that opens onto Rehoboth Ave. The original restaurant on 1st is operated by Nick Sr. and Joan, wonderful people.
    – His leaving of his credit cards and phone indicates he intentionally did not want to be tracked.
    – The little attention whore should absolutely be charged for the costs of the ‘investigation’.
    – The boycotting of Nicola’s Pizza for the asshattery of Nick Jr. is very dramatic, and stupid.
    – The fucker should be committed for 72 hours observation, and it should be entered into record.

    This is an opinion. If you don’t like it, you can kiss my black ass.