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Seven odd questions with Steve Salis and Michael Lastoria of &pizza

H & Pizza for good to go column

If you ask the owners of &pizza (who just opened a third location, at 666 Monroe St. NE in Brookland) the key to their pizza shops’ success, they’ll tell you it’s the community. If you ask them if they prefer being the little spoon or the big spoon, they’ll blush.

Name a song you know all the words to.
Salis: “Window Shopper” by 50 Cent.
Lastoria: “Live and Let Die” by Guns N’ Roses.

Is there a Disney character you most closely associate with?
Lastoria: Happy the dwarf from “Snow White.”

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Salis: “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Only the New Jersey version, though.

What is your favorite bad movie?
Lastoria: “Rad” [a 1986 movie about BMX biking].

What’s your go-to drink?
Salis: Scotch on the rocks, or a nice sipping tequila.
Lastoria: Any beer.

What’s your favorite curse word?
Salis: &%*#.
Lastoria: @$!+.

Do you prefer being the big spoon or the little spoon?
Salis: Big.
Lastoria: Medium.

Holley Simmons is the dining editor of Express. When she’s not reporting on local restaurants and tastemakers, you can find her sewing a dress from a 1950s pattern or planting a windowsill herb garden. Contact her at

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