A little-known Delaware County pizzeria took social media by storm Saturday when a heartwarming social media post surfaced and immediately went viral. A local detailed a humbling encounter he had with the owner while he was waiting for a slice of pizza.
Eric’s Pizza, located at 241 E. Chester Pike in Ridley Park, is the local’s second pizza shop in the area. He previously owned one in Clifton Heights; but it closed as a result of corporate-owned pizza chains that drained a majority of his revenue.
“The man who owns it is so nice and sweet and it breaks my heart I know he may leave soon. He just opened his pizza place like a month ago,” Nick Mniecznikowski wrote on Facebook Friday evening.
“I walked in with my girlfriend two days ago for a slice to try in, little did I know I would meet this man,” Mniecznikowski continued.
“At first, I was skeptical because it didn’t look very nice. But I asked for a slice because they were only one dollar,” he said, noting the pizzaman started whipping up a new pie as he didn’t have a slice. That’s when the two started talking.
“As I waited, I started to talk to the man, he talked to me about the pizza place I work at (Double Decker) and he was just simply amazed by how many orders we get,” said Mniecznikowski.
“It just broke my heart to think that his dream of owning a pizza place that may not happen.”
The post garnered the attention of thousands within hours, including local businesses who declared they had 13 hungry salesmen.
“I always like to support local business. I especially like to help the little guy, can someone get me the phone number here?” Mike McVeigh of Delaware County said. “David Dodge Chrysler Jeep has 13 hungry salesman and I would like to order lunch here!”
According to McVeigh’s Facebook, he visited the pizza parlor Saturday to put in an order for six pies for David Dodge Chrysler Jeep staffers to enjoy next weekend. McVeigh also noted there was a two-hour wait at the shop following the massive online response that captivated locals.
“Stopped into Eric’s Pizza and tried to order but right now it’s a two-hour wait. Met the man himself and at that moment all I could think was: ‘Delco ya done good!’” McVeigh declared.
“The place is busy and my order for 6 pies is in for tomorrow. Support local business but more than that support one another! Everyone that got involved, well done!” he continued. “Thank you all!”
“He asked for my number to ask for help if needed, which I gladly gave him. He also told me about his other pizza place that he owns in Clifton Heights and when I looked it up it said it was permanently closed. Which just got me so sad to know that’s closed.”
“The point I’m trying to get at is that this man deserves the world and if you ever want a pizza PLEASE just try his pizza. His pizza was great at cheap so please if you have 10 min just stop by.”
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