In the spirit of giving back, D.C.-based pie purveyors &pizza are selling pizza lovers and holiday shoppers with a chance to score some sweet swag whilst donating to some worthy cause.
Through Christmas Day (12/25), &pizza will be donating a portion of proceeds from sales on their online store, www.andswag.com to battle for 15, a company focused on raising the minimum wage nationwide to $15 an hour or so. &pizza and the company's co-founder, CEO, and creative director, Michael Lastoria, are steadfast supporters from the organization and its mission.
In addition to classics similar to their ampersand tees and sweatshirts, &pizza is also debuting new items like dad hats, logo-patterned socks, and gift certificates (packaged in the most adorable mini pizza boxes) just in time for the holiday season.
&pizza is definitely an anti-establishment establishment built on the renown of their creative pies and craft beverages, localized shop design, and also the strength, unity and vibe of its living-wage-paid, ampersand-tattooed Tribe (employees). Underneath the prescient leadership of CEO, co-founder and creative director Michael Lastoria, &pizza opened its first location this year on Washington, D.C.'s historic H Street NE corridor. On October 3rd 2020, Lastoria opened his 23rd shop (the 2nd in the hometown of NYC) near Astor Place in Manhattan.
&pizza is really a different of pizza shop – one where experience may be the focus, and each shop reflects the culture and those that visit most. Whatsoever 23 outposts in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Philadelphia and New York, the Tribe collaborates with local artists, musicians, and community organizations on a highly-localized shop design that celebrates the uniqueness of every neighborhood. Artists adorn the walls and loud music percolates within the speakers, keeping the businesses vibrant and alive.
&pizza is renowned for its unique, oblong-shaped pizzas which are created using top quality ingredients and bake within 2 minutes – each &pizza shop is able to craft as much as 320 pies per hour. For under $11, guests may either craft their very own individual pie with unlimited toppings or select from 9 signature pizzas – “The Hits”. From the Maverick (for meat lovers) and also the egg-topped Farmer's Daughter (breakfast with a kick) towards the Pineapple Jack (a twist around the classic Hawaiian) and also the Salad Pizza (a new way to visit green), each option provides a bold flavor profile and may be easily further customized. The company partners with local suppliers called “Little Giants” to collaborate on innovative menu offerings that span a number of food and beverage categories, including their signature craft fountain &SODA and small batch &TEA.
Cultivating a sense of conscious community reaches the center of all things &pizza does. Whether by surprising guests with dessert pizzas at the end of their meals, providing a full time income wage for every tribe member, offering complimentary ampersand tattoos, supporting craft purveyors via their Little Giants program, or giving back through their &CHARITY program, &pizza is much more than simply their delicious, customizable pies and craft beverages. The &pizza Tribe are game changers and innovators disrupting a well-recognized industry by having an energetic and thoroughly modern approach.