(RIDGEWOOD, NJ, DECEMBER 16, 2015) — Ridgewood, New Jersey’s premiere authentic Neapolitan trattoria A Mano, has proudly introduced a pizza program to benefit local charities. In the “Pizza in Sospeso” (so-SPEY-zo) initiative, customers can purchase a full size Margherita pizza at half price for $6, to be donated to help feed the less fortunate. Each time twenty five pizzas are purchased, A Mano will deliver the Pizzas in Sospeso to a different regional charity.
The pizza-giving drive was inspired by a longstanding tradition of coffee donating in the cafes of Naples, Italy. A caffé sospeso, Italian for “suspended coffee”, is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. A patron who experienced good luck would order a sospeso, paying for two coffees but only consuming one. A needy person would then be served a complimentary caffé sospeso. Said head Pizzaiolo Michele D’Amelio, “At A Mano we are all about the traditions of Naples. Bringing the idea of sospeso to pizza is a great way to give back to the community and help the needy. No one should have to worry about where their next meal is going to come from. We’re trying to do our part to lessen that pressure and bring smiles to people’s faces during the holiday season.”
The pizza-providing program which debuted on December 9th, has already surpassed A Mano’s expectations. Added D’Amelio, “In one day our customers purchased the first twenty-five pizzas. We keep a tally on a board in the restaurant so everyone can see how many pizzas need to be bought to reach the next goal of twenty-five. It’s exciting and a such a gratifying feeling to know we can help care for people in need.”
The initial group of charitable pizza recipients include: Youth Consultation Service in Hackensack, Eva’s Village in Paterson, Center for Food Action in Mahwah and Family Promise of Bergen County. The drive is slated to run though the first week of the new year, however, if the program’s success continues, the end date will be extended indefinitely.
A Mano is located at 24 Franklin Avenue (at Chestnut Street), Ridgewood, NJ. Hours of operation are: Monday through Thursday, 11:30AM–10:00PM, Friday and Saturday 11:30AM-11:00PM and Sunday 12:30PM–9:00PM. Tel. 201.493.2000, www.amanopizza.com, www.facebook.com/AManoPizza, @AManoPizza.
About A Mano
A Mano, meaning “by hand,” is focused on presenting the ultimate combination of authentic ingredients, technique, and methods to create an unmatched Neapolitan experience. The restaurant has gone to great lengths to ensure the quality and authenticity of the craft of traditional Neapolitan foods, with results that speak mouthwatering volumes in every bite.
A Mano is one of only a few restaurants in the United States certified by both Italian governing associations, the Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) and Associazone Pizzaiuoli Napoletani (APN), to offer authentic Neapolitan Pizza.
The exacting standards are what stand A Mano apart from the rest, from the expertise of the pizzaiolo (the speciallytrained pizza chef) to the use of ingredients imported from Naples (from all natural Caputo flour to the San Marzano tomatoes, grown in the foothills of Mt Vesuvio). Add-in fresh mozzarella made by hand daily, along with outrageous homemade gelato and desserts, and the true concept of artisan foods are revealed.
Down to the tiles and equipment from floor to ceiling, the restaurant’s entire makeup is imported from Italy. Its twin domed ovens with round chimneys, hand-built on site by Neapolitan Artisans using stones and volcanic soil from Naples, are the centerpiece of the restaurant, stretching to the ceiling of the two-story dining room. The architecture of the wood-fired ovens allow them to reach temperatures of 1,000 degrees, creating beautifully blistering, bubbling pizza in less than two minutes.
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