HAMBURG, NY (WKBW-TV) — You may have noticed that your favorite neighborhood pizza place has been operating smoothly right through the COVID pandemic. According to Jimmy Butera, owner of the popular Hamburg restaurant that bears his name "Pizza places were mostly take-out and delivery so they didn't get hit as bad as some of the dine-in restaurants.
Jimmy is also a vice president with the New York State Restaurant Association , Western New York Chapter. He says "Pizza places are definitely not afraid of a pandemic." Butera's Craft Beer & Pizza features brick oven pizza. Jimmy says "Pizza is a universal food that's loved by everyone."
Lori Edie, owner of Edie's Pizza & Subs in Hamburg says "we did curbside for a while and that was booming while the dining room was closed". The family owned and operated eatery just celebrated it's 20th anniversary.
Things have been so busy during the last few months at Edie's, Lori said they have barely been able to take any time off, adding "in fact we just closed for two days to get some family time and everyone was so supportive."
Western New Yorkers have had to give up a lot of things during the pandemic but fortunately the pizza places have been able to keep going. Without pizza Lori smiles and says people "might go crazy."