PizzaNearMe https://www.maderospizzeria.com Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:25:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.1 https://i2.wp.com/www.maderospizzeria.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/WhatsApp-Image-2017-09-07-at-13.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 PizzaNearMe https://www.maderospizzeria.com 32 32 135252391 Ordering pizza? Scammers are now targeting you and your favorite pizza place – WTVD-TV https://www.maderospizzeria.com/ordering-pizza-scammers-are-now-targeting-you-and-your-favorite-pizza-place-wtvd-tv/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:25:49 +0000 https://maderospizzeria.com/ordering-pizza-scammers-are-now-targeting-you-and-your-favorite-pizza-place-wtvd-tv/ It’s a new scam that targets your favorite pizza restaurant, and it impacts business owners and customers. The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina issued a warning on this scam. Alyssa Parker with the BBB says this scam is making its way across the country and it could only be a matter of time […]

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It’s a new scam that targets your favorite pizza restaurant, and it impacts business owners and customers.

The Better Business Bureau of Eastern North Carolina issued a warning on this scam. Alyssa Parker with the BBB says this scam is making its way across the country and it could only be a matter of time before it finds its way into our area. The thieves are after the customer’s credit card information.

How it works:

A scammer walks into a restaurant and asks to use the phone to make an emergency call. Shortly after they leave, the business realizes the phones aren’t ringing. When management calls the phone company, they learn their phone line had been rerouted to an untraceable number.

When future customers attempt to place an order by telephone, scammers are then able to collect credit card information while posing as an employee of the pizza place.

Parker adds, “Unfortunately this is a really difficult scam to identify ahead of time or while it’s taking place.”

The BBB offers the following tips for protecting your credit card information:

  • Look for unexplained withdrawals, charges, and accounts. Review your bank account and credit card statements regularly. Look for unfamiliar charges, accounts, or withdrawals. Know when your bills are due; one tip-off for identity theft is when you stop receiving certain bills.
  • Request a new card if you notice unauthorized charges. Fraudulent charges mean your card information has been compromised. Beware, thieves may make small charges to verify an account is active so be on the lookout. Stay on the safe side and request a new card. Remember to check statements regularly and carefully.
  • Activate text alerts. Contact your credit card company to be notified by text when charges are posted to the credit card account. Monitor balances over the phone by calling the number on the back of your card.
  • Be sure to always use a credit card. You might be tempted to use a debit card instead of a credit card since it is not a large amount of money. Always use a credit card if possible since they usually provide additional protection that debit cards don’t always have.
  • Be in the know. It is important to know what scams are happening, especially in your area. You can always be aware of local scams by checking out the BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.

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Watch: Rats caught crawling on counter at Willie’s Pizza Joint in French Quarter – NOLA.com https://www.maderospizzeria.com/watch-rats-caught-crawling-on-counter-at-willies-pizza-joint-in-french-quarter-nola-com/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:25:48 +0000 https://maderospizzeria.com/watch-rats-caught-crawling-on-counter-at-willies-pizza-joint-in-french-quarter-nola-com/ Visiting the city for a photography project, Chad Davis did what many tourists do while in New Orleans: take in the sights and oddities of the French Quarter during the early morning hours. But as luck would have it, the Minneapolis man caught an unappetizing — and unfortunately somewhat common — sight Monday morning. Inside […]

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Visiting the city for a photography project, Chad Davis did what many tourists do while in New Orleans: take in the sights and oddities of the French Quarter during the early morning hours.

But as luck would have it, the Minneapolis man caught an unappetizing — and unfortunately somewhat common — sight Monday morning. Inside Willie’s Pizza Joint in the 600 block of Bourbon Street, at least five rats could be seen scurrying across the counter and floor around 2:15 a.m.

In a video posted to social media, the rodents can be seen nibbling at plates and napkins before dipping in and around the serving areas and dropping behind the counter. Two more were on the floor by the stairs.

“I hope this isn’t the norm for restaurants on Bourbon Street,” Davis said in an email. “Had the place been open as I walked by, it’s possible I would have stopped in for a slice.”

The rats in Willie’s are only the most recent instance of rodents spotted in the French Quarter, which has long struggled with the high concentration of food and drink establishments squeezed into a small area filled with centuries-old buildings. Last year, a video of frolicking rats in the window of a Decatur Street restaurant went viral.

The restaurant shares the Willie’s name and logo with Willie’s Chicken Shack, located next door. But the chicken chain’s owner, Aaron Motwani, said the pizza restaurant is not affiliated with his company.

Motwani is listed in the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office database as the sole officer of Voodoo Bar & Pizza LLC, the corporate entity associated with Willie’s Pizza Joint. Motwani said he wasn’t sure why that was the case, adding that Willie’s Chicken Shack, which has eight locations, only licensed the “Willie’s” name to the pizza restaurant’s operators.

The viral video that emerged last week of rats scurrying across the counter of a French Quarter restaurant at night served as a stark reminder…

Robert Mouton, an attorney representing Willie’s Pizza Joint, released a statement attributed to the Voodoo Bar & Pizza Management Team.

“We are aware of the video at the Pizza Joint on Bourbon Street, which was brought to our attention by Willie’s Chicken Shack,” said the statement. “The restaurant was closed at the time, and after viewing the clip, we have decided to keep the restaurant closed until our pest control services have effectively addressed the issue.”

It continued: “Situations such as this have ensued at many restaurants on Bourbon Street in the past and (have) recently gotten worse due to the construction taking place in our area. We want to stress that this footage is not representative of our brand or our standard of operations. We pride ourselves on being a place people can trust to be a clean, easy-going, fun environment. We want to assure the public that we are taking immediate action to ensure a situation like this never occurs again.”

Willie’s Pizza Joint was closed Thursday afternoon, its windows covered by black plastic sheeting from the inside. 

A scan of recent inspection reports for Willie’s Pizza Joint did not turn up any rodent-related citations, though state inspectors visited the restaurant Thursday after seeing the video and filed a report saying that “openings aren’t protected against the entry of rodents or insects.”

State Department of Health spokesman Robert Johannessen said inspectors will work with the owners to bring the restaurant back into compliance so it can reopen.

In June 2018, French Market Restaurant & Bar on Decatur Street had a similar experience after a tourist posted a video of rats running around on the oyster bar there. This came four years after comedian Hannibal Buress performed a bit on “The Tonight Show” in which he talked about seeing a rat in Coop’s Place on Decatur, and how it didn’t seem to alarm the staff.

Most rats in the French Quarter are so-called Norway rats — large, burrowing creatures that live along the banks of the Mississippi River and tend to raid nearby neighborhoods in search of food. Rats can fit through a hole the size of a quarter, which makes it difficult to keep them from finding their way to food sources.

The city’s Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board, which regularly baits the sewers to poison rats, handles reports of rodents out-of-doors and in public buildings and spaces, while the state Department of Health is responsible for the regulation and inspection of businesses.

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New look for an old classic: Pizza restaurant updates appearance, modernizes – Greenfield Daily Reporter https://www.maderospizzeria.com/new-look-for-an-old-classic-pizza-restaurant-updates-appearance-modernizes-greenfield-daily-reporter/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:25:47 +0000 https://maderospizzeria.com/new-look-for-an-old-classic-pizza-restaurant-updates-appearance-modernizes-greenfield-daily-reporter/ The post New look for an old classic: Pizza restaurant updates appearance, modernizes – Greenfield Daily Reporter appeared first on PizzaNearMe.

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GREENFIELD — A downtown pizzeria has been serving up a recipe that’s been in Greenfield for more than a half century and has found success under multiple owners.

But even classics need a makeover every once in a while.

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Under its latest owner, who may be new to the title but not to the restaurant, Hometown Classic Pizza has been updating its appearance and modernizing its business.

Julie Bartlett took over the restaurant, located at 12 W. Main St., in April 2018.

“It needed updating,” Bartlett said, adding no extensive changes had been made since her mother, Jill Johnson, and Johnson’s husband at the time moved the restaurant downtown in 2011.

Hometown Classic Pizza recently got a fresh facade, with new awnings soon to follow, with the help of Greenfield Main Street’s Downtown Improvement Grant Program.

Inside, the restaurant got a new paint job and faux brick. Walls in one of the several large eating areas have been covered in movie posters, and another has posters of bands and musicians. The “movie room” is also covered in famous film quotes and the restaurant’s front window displays have a cinematic theme, including one with Chewbacca and Han Solo costumes.

Bartlett said the new image reflects the family’s personality.

“We talk in song lyrics or movie quotes regularly,” she said.

The restaurant now offers online ordering through its new website, hometownclassicpizzagreenfield.com, which an employee designed for a class at Greenfield-Central High School. Its new point-of-sale system can accept electronic gift cards. New seat cushions and a new logo are on the way as well.

Hometown Classic Pizza seats more than 100 and also offers games like pinball, ski-ball and bubble hockey along with a collection of board games. It staffs 15 to 20, including many of Bartlett and Johnson’s family members. The plan is to one day pass the business down to yet another generation — Alec, Bartlett’s son.

Johnson started out with the pizzeria doing pickup and deliveries on Pennsylvania Street, continuing a business that’s known multiple names since its start in 1966. After deciding to add dine-in, it moved downtown in January 2011. By March, it had outgrown the space and the owners expanded into a neighboring property.

When Johnson first took over and it came time to decide on a business name, she chose one she felt best fit the recipe’s longstanding reputation.

“It was a hometown pizza,” she said. “Everybody knew that pizza.”

The secret to the pizzeria’s longevity, Johnson said, is that recipe and the way the business is represented.

“It’s not rocket science,” Johnson said. “It’s pizza and customer service.”

Bartlett agreed.

“We’re always in here,” she said. “You always see our faces.”

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Duck soup? Nah. Devlin Hodges has a pizza instead – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette https://www.maderospizzeria.com/duck-soup-nah-devlin-hodges-has-a-pizza-instead-pittsburgh-post-gazette/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:25:46 +0000 https://maderospizzeria.com/duck-soup-nah-devlin-hodges-has-a-pizza-instead-pittsburgh-post-gazette/ MENU ACCOUNT SECTIONS OTHER CLASSIFIEDS CONTACT US / FAQ

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