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February 11, 2020

Owner of Northern Liberties pizzeria Rustica dies in ski accident

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Frank Maimone, 53, opened Rustica in Northern Liberties in 2001. He died in a skiing accident in Colorado on Feb. 8, 2020.

The owner of Rustica pizzeria, a mainstay in Northern Liberties for nearly 20 years, died last weekend in a skiing accident in Colorado.

Frank Maimone, 53, died Saturday afternoon at Steamboat Resort after he fell into a tree well, Steamboat Pilot & Today reported on Sunday.

Maimone was on a black diamond trail for experts when he reportedly fell into an area of deep, loose snow, according to the Associated Press.

Steamboat Ski Patrol performed CPR on Maimone and took him to UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs, where he was pronounced dead.

Maimone established Rustica at the corner of 2nd and Poplar streets in 2001, several years before Northern Liberties experienced a wave of redevelopment and new businesses. Maimone was an active member of the community. 

Rustica is known for its adventurous toppings, from the scrapple pie to a pizza topped with house-smoked brisket, brown gravy and mashed potatoes.