Michael Lastoria

Co-founder CEO & Creative Dir
&pizza

Michael Lastoria is Co-Founder, CEO and Creative Director of &pizza, the first Washington D.C. based fast-casual pizza concept rapidly expanding in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2012, Michael founded &pizza in D.C.’s historic H Street NE corridor. He set out to create a different kind of pizza shop - one where experience is the focal point, every shop reflects the culture and people of its neighborhood and where quality ingredients are combined in inventive ways. Evidence of their success can be found in the culture of its employees (the brand calls them Tribe Members), its rapid expansion, now up to 22 shops including locations in Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City, and numerous recognitions, including Best Pizza and Best Vegetarian. Michael is a well-recognized leader in the startup world and speaks regularly on sales, marketing, branding and entrepreneurship.

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