Captain American Pie
We’ve long known that when you’re busy defeating the forces of evil, pizza can
provide the perfect fuel. Chris Evans, star of the Captain America movies, proved
this theory on Good Morning America on March 31, when the show’s producers
surprised him with some of his favorite delicacies from Leone’s Sub & Pizza
( leonessubandpizza.com) in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Owner Vic Leone often serves the actor, who hails from a nearby town, and staff
at the New York-based morning show ordered both subs and pizzas, with Leone
himself making the delivery on-air. “They asked me to come down and even
paid for me to close that Monday if I’d attend,” Leone recalls. “I figured, ‘This is
nationwide—it couldn’t hurt!’”
Evans’ surprise and thrill upon seeing the Leone’s logo (plus constant mentions on
the show) helped bolster nationwide recognition of the pizzeria—not a bad deal
for a little comped food. “Chris Evans was ecstatic. I must have received 40 texts
when it aired, and people were coming into the shop a week later mentioning it,”
Leone says. “Some even asked, ‘Is this the pizza Captain America eats?’ So far,
the clip has gotten more than 27,000 hits on You Tube, so it was definitely cheap
advertising for us!”
(Left to right) Chris Evans stars in the latest Captain
America movie; appears on talk shows to promote; and
poses with Sossio del Prete, Vic Leone's godson.
Charlotte’s Favorite Pizza
Some of Charlotte, North Carolina’s best-known pizzerias took part in the city’s
third annual CBS Radio Pizza Wars, but it was newcomer Bisonte Pizza Co.
( bisontepizzaco.com) that claimed the top prize. Barely a year old, Bisonte specializes in Buffalo-style pizza made from old family recipes. Owners Jim and Steve
DaPolito have already made a name for themselves in the community by hosting
fundraisers for schools, churches and other nonprofits. “It’s really a great honor
to be recognized by the judges as Charlotte’s favorite pizza,” Steve DaPolito said.
“We’ve had a lot of support from our community, our friends and family.”
Jim DaPolito, co-owner of Bisonte Pizza,
and longtime employee Katie Rath show
off the championship trophy the pizzeria
earned at this year's CBS Radio Pizza
Wars in Charlotte, North Carolina.
As Luck Wood
Edgar Martirosyan, the now-famous pizzeria
owner who delivered pies at this year’s Oscars
and received a $1,000 tip on The Ellen DeGeneres
Show, decided to strike while the pizza oven was
hot following his national TV appearances. In
April, he hosted a soft opening of his new pizzeria, Wood ( woodsilverlake.com), in the Silver
Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Touting “local,
organic and in-season ingredients” and “a warm,
pleasant and trendy atmosphere,” the venture
may very well be the ticket to roping in his many
new celebrity fans.
LEONE'S SUB & PIZZA
LEONE'S SUB & PIZZA