HAGERSTOWN --Â The owner of Rocky's Pizza Palace was named in a lawsuit filed March 11 in Washington County Circuit Court by an insurance company asking for $88,123.05 it paid out following an Aug. 31, 2008, fire at the pizzeria on Hagerstown's Public Square.
Frederick Mutual Insurance Co., the insurer for One North Potomac Street LLC, which owned the property, alleged in the suit that the fire "originated from and/or as a result of the defendant's negligent cooking and/or supervision at the Insured Property."
The suit names as defendants Vincenzo "Vinnie" Schiano-DiCola, the owner of the pizza shop, and Zachary Scott Myers, an employee there.
DiCola said Monday he was unaware of the court action.
"This is news to me," DiCola said in a telephone conversation Monday afternoon.
The morning fire gutted Rocky's, damaging equipment, wiring, plumbing, flooring, ceiling and the air-conditioning system, DiCola said the day of the fire.