William Kostik 
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Re: “Mr. Pizza — Mario DePietro

I remember stopping in Memphis on a cross-country flight from Corpus Christi, Texas to Washington D. C. My flight leader took us to Mario's for pizza. It was on a dark street in what looked like a residential neighborhood. No lights on the house, no signs, it looked totally deserted.

We pounded on the door and yelled "Mario, open up". A light soon came on and a slender elderly man opened the door and lead us to a booth in a small room. There were no other customers. The table in the corner booth was covered with stacks of old newspapers. There was a can of what appeared to be old grease nailed on the wall with a hand made sign that said "This is what you get from most pizza".

We ordered pizza and a bottle of wine. Mario handed me the wine and said "You drink this. you too scrawny. It will make your d**k stiff". The wine and the pizza were excellent.

Another couple banged on the door and was ushered to another booth. Meanwhile we ordered another bottle of wine. Mario took our empty bottle and returned shortly with the wine. It was the same bottle! I'm sure he makes it himself.

I understand that he rides his wooden bicycle to and from work every day. He is definitely one of a kind. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get back to Memphis while Mario was still alive but this was an unforgettable moment in my life.

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Posted by William Kostik on 06/16/2016 at 10:14 AM


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