Michael Lastoria, along with Steve Salis, is the co-founder of &Pizza;, a community-driven chain of pizza concept stores. Recently, Lastoria was invited to speak on the Millennial Week 'Millennial Entrepreneur Forum.'
Each of the restaurants cultivate an identity that is unique to the neighborhood it is located in. Lastoria and Salis want to resonate emotionally with their customers. The restaurant also recently introduced the Cause Campaign, which sponsors local organizations by financial support and free pizza. The pizza shop is ultimately intended to be a community space that gives back.
In his Millenial Week Close-Up, Lastoria advises aspiring entrepreneurs to "Pick hyper-growth industries to build companies within. This guarantees access to human and financial capital, providing exit opportunities as you grow."