Why you shouldn’t have a pizza party, with the pizza-loving man behind it
Posted On August 2, 2021
This is an article I wrote back in 2016 about the time a young man named Chris was getting his first pizza.
Chris was going to the movies to watch the Hobbit movies and when he got to the front of the line, he found himself sitting with his parents, watching the movie in a theater that had no Wi-Fi.
“It was a real treat for me, to sit there, and watch it on TV,” Chris said.
His parents had been on a first-come, first-served basis.
They weren’t expecting to get any of the food, but when they got up and got ready to go, they decided to go to a pizza place.
“My parents, they really wanted me to eat there,” he said.
“They’re very picky about their pizza, they don’t like anything too spicy, so I thought, ‘Oh, I’m not going to do that.'”
They ordered two pizzas, but he asked for the extra pizza.
“So, I was like, ‘I don’t want it.
I don’t think it’s going to be that good,'” Chris said, laughing.
He was right.
The extra pizza was just what Chris was looking for.
“I think I ate about an eighth of a pizza,” he told the Times-Picayune.
“And that’s a pretty big pizza.”
Chris also ordered three cheeses, a salad, a sandwich and two cheeseburgers.
The two cheeses he ordered, however, weren’t what he had hoped for.
After the first cheeseburger, Chris said he realized that he wasn’t going to get his pizza, and that his parents were right.
“This is what I was looking forward to,” Chris told the newspaper.
“Because I wasn’t getting that, I had a lot of questions about why.”
Chris, who was just 20 years old, had only just gotten out of high school.
“The first time I ate pizza was when I was in seventh grade, and I really wanted to go back to high school,” he says.
“But I was not going back.
I didn’t want to go.”
That’s when he decided to start a pizza restaurant.
Chris wanted to provide a service that people could trust.
“If you go to the store, they’re going to try to sell you a pizza.
If you come to my place, you can eat and not be worried about what your friends and family are eating.”
And that’s what he did.
The idea of a fast-casual pizza restaurant caught on quickly, and he soon opened his first location in the St. Bernard area.
“As soon as I opened it, I got a call from one of my friends who was a pizza delivery guy,” Chris explained.
“He was like ‘I’m looking to open up a pizza and delivery service, I’d like to offer my services to you,'” Chris recalls.
Chris’s pizzeria is now open four days a week, and it has been serving customers since 2009.
The business is also known for being the best-known of the new wave of pizza restaurants in the area.
Chris said that he has been able to attract customers who don’t normally go to pizza restaurants.
“We’ve had people come from the airport, people from all over the country,” he explained.
The pizzeria also offers free delivery to anyone who orders an item on their own, including customers with disabilities.
“One of the perks we have is our wheelchair access,” Chris says.
He also offers a one-on-one pizza service to customers.
“You can order anything that you want to and we’ll deliver it,” he explains.
Chris hopes that the growing number of people ordering pizza at his restaurants will lead to more customers going there and, eventually, opening their own restaurant.
“That’s our goal,” he assures.
“There’s just so many different places, you just have to get people to eat at your restaurant.”