Dave Portnoy saved Jersey pizza enterprise following lockdown slowdown, says restaurant proprietor

Gabriella Ottaiano stated the blessings of Barstool Sports activities founder Dave Portnoy modified her pizza enterprise in northern New Jersey after the fallout from the pandemic put the household enterprise on its heels.

On Jan. 15, Portnoy got here by way of Calabria Restaurant & Pizzeria to chow down on its crunchy skinny pizza for the 1,000th evaluation his famed Barstool Pizza Assessment.

Ottaiano stated 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 instructed Fox Enterprise.

Now, she is getting prospects keen on feasting on her household’s pizza from as far-off as California and India.

“Folks from everywhere in the world came over us and help us as a result of they noticed Dave’s evaluation.”

Calabria Restaurant & Pizzeria final 12 months celebrated its 40-year anniversary. (Courtesy, Gabriella Ottaiano)

The enterprise meant all the pieces to her household, and final 12 months they celebrated its 40-year anniversary. “My household got here to America in 1977 from Naples, Italy to start out the American Dream.  My father Bernardino and uncle Giuseppe opened up our restaurant in 1980.”

She stated the evaluation was higher than a mortgage, 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 might make ends meet. Since his evaluation, we had been in a position to compensate for all of our payments, and save my household’s enterprise.”

Barstool Sports activities founder Dave Portnoy got here by way of Calabria Restaurant & Pizzeria to chow down on its crunchy skinny pizza for the 1,000th evaluation of the Barstool Pizza Assessment. (Courtesy, Gabriella Ottaiano)


Portnoy isn’t a stranger to giving again.

He has been supporting small companies impacted by coronavirus-related restrictions; he introduced the initiative in December.

“The Barstool Fund” has raised multimillions and pledges one-year commitments to supporting small companies with lease or tax funds through the pandemic as long as they proceed to pay their workers.

To qualify, companies must maintain an energetic payroll. The Barstool Fund will assist the small companies which are chosen repay no matter prices they’ve to remain afloat till the pandemic is over.


FOX Enterprise reached out to Portnoy for remark.

Ottaiano can’t cease singing his praises.

“Dave must be acknowledged for all the pieces that he’s doing, not just for my household. He’s our hero.”


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