Northampton man receives pizza for a year and gives it all away
NORTHAMPTON, Pa. —
WFMZ reports, at Christmastime, Mario's Pizza in Northampton seems extra warm - a lot like the smiles, passed for decades from the people behind the counter, to the customers in front of it.
Co-owner Giovanni Aiello tells us, that's the recipe.
"I've been making pizza for 43 years," he says.
Frank Grigoli is a manager here. His father is Giovanni's brother, another co-owner.
"We've done a lot to this place, but one thing we've never changed is the quality," Frank says.
That's why, recently, they decided they'd reward their customers with something new: a contest for free pizza for a year.
Giuseppe Aiello, Giovanni's son, tells us they never expected what came next.
"I thought someone would win, they'd be excited, come in and get their pizzas, but a story like this to come out of a contest like that..." he trails off.
You see, when the computer randomly chose a winner from the 1200 people who signed up, up popped the name 'Josh Katrick' - someone who really deserved to get some good news.
Josh was diagnosed with colon cancer in July. He got the email from Mario's on a Friday, just as he was leaving the chemo treatment center.
"I remember coming out of there thinking, 'I just won pizzas for a year! That's cool!' he says.
But then Josh - a winner Mario's found so deserving - did the darnedest thing.