Michael Lastoria is an American serial entrepreneur and co-founder of &pizza, a creatively led, mission-driven, culture carrying, pizza chain voted one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative companies in 2018 and 2019 for Social Good. Referred to by Bloomberg as “what Jesus might look like if he walked in a Yohji Yamamoto show,” Lastoria grounds &pizza in a commitment to better flavor, quality ingredients, livable wages, and real actions. At Lastoria’s direction, &pizza has donated thousands for local causes aligned with the company’s core values, distributed 30k free pies during the 2019 governmental shutdown of 2019 to workers affected by the shutdown and their families, and started the Hero Pie Program as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic which provided free pizza and support to hospital workers on the front line of the coronavirus crisis. Lastoria has been identified as one of the country’s top executives, listed in QSR’s 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards as a Most Admired Fast-Casual Leader, on ILC's as the 2018 Icon of Culture, on Nation’s Restaurant News' Annual Power List in 2018, 2019 and 2020 Fast Casual’s Movers and Shakers List in 2018, 2019 and 2020, in the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, and was named Business Person of the Year in 2017 by the Small Business Council of America.

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