Gabriella Ottaiano mentioned the blessings of Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy modified her pizza enterprise in northern New Jersey after the fallout from the pandemic put the household enterprise on its heels.
Ottaiano mentioned Portnoy rated the pizza 8.9, and her life has been like a miracle ever since.
“In honor of Dave Portnoy, we named our well-known pizza after him Calabria Portnoy Crunchy Skinny,” she advised Fox Enterprise.
Now, she is getting clients serious about feasting on her household’s pizza from as distant as California and India.
“Folks from all around the world came around us and help us as a result of they noticed Dave’s evaluation.”
The enterprise meant every little thing to her household, and final yr they celebrated its 40-year anniversary. “My household got here to America in 1977 from Naples, Italy to begin the American Dream. My father Bernardino and uncle Giuseppe opened up our restaurant in 1980.”
She mentioned the evaluation was higher than a loan, contemplating earlier than his look the enterprise didn’t even know if its state taxes may very well be paid.
“Dave Portnoy’s 8.9 evaluation saved my household’s enterprise. The week earlier than his go to we weren’t certain if we may make ends meet. Since his evaluation, we had been capable of make amends for all of our payments, and save my household’s enterprise.”
Portnoy isn’t a stranger to giving again.
“The Barstool Fund” has raised multimillions and pledges one-year commitments to supporting small companies with hire or tax funds in the course of the pandemic as long as they proceed to pay their staff.
To qualify, companies have to preserve an energetic payroll. The Barstool Fund will assist the small companies which might be chosen repay no matter prices they’ve to remain afloat till the pandemic is over.
Ottaiano can’t cease singing his praises.
“Dave must be acknowledged for every little thing that he’s doing, not just for my household. He’s our hero.”
FOX Enterprise reached out to Portnoy for remark.