This week’s Mamapreneur is Brittany Nadeau of Zuppardi’s Apizza!
Some of Brittany’s first memories are sitting on her Grandfather’s lap in an apartment above the restaurant he and his father opened in 1934. At just five years old, Brittany would put pink barrettes in her Grandfather’s hair, or lack there of, and laugh. She remembers her Grandmother yelling at her, her brother, and her cousins for sliding down their carpeted staircase. Their family was a close knit one and their family restaurant reflected that closeness. Unfortunately, Brittany’s Grandfather only lived another year and her Grandma followed three years after. From there, their children ran the family pizza restaurant.
At a very young age, Brittany was lucky enough to find her passion in this life – and it was dancing. Knowing that was the case for their daughter, her parents went above and beyond to allow her to follow her dream. Brittany attended The School of American Ballet and went to the “fame” school (LaGuardia) in NYC . She trained and trained and did what she did best. When it came time for college, her parents already knew Brittany’s plans – and while it was hard for them to let her go – the week after graduating high school, Brittany spent the next 8 or so years traveling and dancing. She pursued performing always knowing that she was fortunate enough to have something to fall back on. When she eventually got tired of living job to job and missing her family, Brittany knew it was time to return home and join the family business.
Zuppardi’s Apizza is now thriving, and Brittany gives her all into making it bigger and better ever day and is so proud of what she and her family have worked so hard to make it. Every day she thinks of her Grandfather with gratitude for being the man he was and instilling the values in her that she now instills in her daughter. He would always say, ‘Work hard and be kind always. Be kind because you never know what the person you are serving went through that day’. Those words are now the guiding force in her life and work.
Brittany and her family have made sure that Zuppardi’s Apizza restaurant has expanded in a way that they have kept the quality her Grandfather insisted on having by always having a family member watching the product they give to people. They have now shipped pizza to all 50 states, have a pizza truck, a satellite location, and just recently their pizzas have started being sold in grocery stores! Brittany and her family work tirelessly and keep humble hearts and that truly shows in their pizza.
So, if you’re looking to support a kickass Mamapreneur AND some kick ass pizza – try Zuppardi’s Apizza! They’ll ship it to you with a little love on the side.