That is sad - he was only 51.
I've amazingly not missed pizza as much as I thought I would. I used to order one a week - not chain pizza!
I've found that almost anything I used to serve over pasta, I can serve over rice. Maybe that's just me. Except for lasagna or baked ziti, both of which I think of as holiday meals, we didn't really eat a lot of pasta, and going back, my grandmother didn't really cook much pasta at all. I did have to learn to rethink meatballs, eggplant, chicken cacciatore, etc., because I was taught all those dishes with bread crumbs as an ingredient. As a note, Dad did like pasta "fazool," but we kids didn't like it so he made that special for himself.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine