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October 4-6, 2021
Sheraton Denver DowntownDenver, CO

Michael Lastoria
Founder + CEO at &pizza


What are you responsible for at your company?

All things product (culinary, tech) and strategy as well as being the torch bearer of the &

In less than 30 words, how would your customers describe your restaurant brand? 

A mission-driven, culture-carrying community that provides high-quality pies and high-quality jobs. Not 'Big Pizza,' and proud to be so. Focused on a more livable wage, a more socially conscious vision, and more real actions.

What excites you about the future of this industry? 

Change. The pandemic highlighted issues that have been problems in the restaurant industry for decades: low wages, lack of benefits, dangerous working conditions, the cyclical nature of laying off and rehiring staff when it's convenient for employers' balance sheets. These are not new problems, but we need new solutions because the status quo is not working.

Other than your own restaurants, what is your all-time favorite meal? 

Pizza Pizza Pizza 

Give us a fun fact about yourself? 

I grew up in a hamlet of 500 people and went to the same school for K-12 (public graduating class of 35)

Agenda Sessions

  • Navigating Labor Challenges


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