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[BN] Food & Drink newsletter Sept. 14, 2022: Worker-owners debut Five Points slice shop

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Sept. 14, 2022

Extra Extra Pizza owners built their own jobs

From left, Extra Extra Pizza owners Joey Pucciarelli, Bridget Murphy, and Soon Ho Sim.

Trio creates restaurant jobs they wanted

Bridget Murphy is from Jamestown, Joey Pucciarelli from Fredonia, and Soon Ho Sim is from Queens.

In Buffalo, these veteran restaurant workers were fed up with the standard American restaurant model, which depends on kitchen workers, paid an hourly wage, to generate profits that collect in other people’s pockets.

At Extra Extra Pizza, 549 W. Utica St., they built the kind of cooking jobs they wanted, while giving Buffalo’s Five Points neighborhood the kind of slice shop found in many New York City neighborhoods. Step up to have a slice warmed up, or create your own from the lineup. Order a cocktail or glass of wine, and settle in at one of the shop’s tables to await your slice and ponder what makes Extra Extra Pizza different.

This restaurant is worker-owned. Everyone makes the same wage. There’s also no tipping, meaning workers are paid a living wage without having to depend on the kindness of strangers.

Extra Extra workers besides the three founders have a path to ownership in 18 months. If you show up and get cross-trained on all the stations, you can share in the businesses’ profits, too.

“We've all worked in restaurants for a long time,” Pucciarelli said. “Once the pandemic hit, and we saw all the inequities and stuff going on within the restaurant community, we knew that not only did we want to shift the way we were running a business, but we felt like we had to shift the way businesses were being run.”

The pizza, stretched out New York style, foldable slices thinner than the Buffalo cheese quilt standard, is already a hit. Opened Aug. 26, the shop has three-times-a-week regulars. Pucciarelli worked with Neapolitan pizza guru Jay Langfelder at Jay’s Artisan Pizza. The shop offers jumbo slices and pies, including gluten-free pies, and vegan cheese.

Slices are $3.50 to $4.50. Pies start at $16. Check out the menu at

Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Closed Sunday through Tuesday. Phone: 716-248-2994.


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Meatball Street Brawl: The daylong meatball extravaganza and Bills game watch party returns Sept. 25 outside Osteria 166, 166 Franklin St., for the sixth time.

Admission starts at $25, which gets you all the meatballs you desire, and beverage tastings, served up by 20 restaurants vying for the Meatball Street Brawl championship belt.

Buy tickets and check out the lineup of competitors at Children 8 and under are free. 


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