Monday Night Movie: "Pizza, A Love Story" and Q&A with Director

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Indulge your love for pizza and join us for an exclusive screening of the heartwarming and mouthwatering film, "Pizza, A Love Story." This captivating documentary takes you on a journey through the rich history and enduring passion behind New Haven's iconic pizza joints: Sally’s Apizza, Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana, and Modern Apizza. Discover the story of three guys and their unbreakable bond with these legendary pizza places that have defined the very essence of comfort food.

In a town where pizza isn't just food, but a cultural institution, "Pizza, A Love Story" delves into the fascinating history and craftsmanship that has elevated New Haven pizza to international acclaim. From the landing of Italian immigrants to modern-day culinary mastery, this documentary captures the essence of what makes these three pizza joints unparalleled. Get ready to experience a slice of history, tradition, and culinary artistry that transcends mere food.

Q&A Session: Following the screening, stay with us for an engaging Q&A session with the esteemed director Gorman Bechard lead by Francis Rosselli. Discover the behind-the-scenes insights, the passion that fueled the making of the film, and explore the intricate relationship between pizza and the New Haven community. 

Starring: The film features notable figures like Lyle Lovett, Henry Winkler, Aaron Greenburg, and Scott Wiener, who help weave the tale of pizza's impact on New Haven and beyond.

This movie is one hour and 25 minutes and is not rated. 

Watch the official trailer.

About the Director

Gorman Bechard is a seasoned filmmaker, known for directing documentaries and features that capture the essence of music, culture, and society. With an impressive portfolio of 16 feature films and a profound love for storytelling, Gorman has taken his lens to bring to life the remarkable journey of New Haven's iconic pizza scene.

About Francis Rosselli

Francis Rosselli is the third grandchild of Frank and Filomena Pepe. At an early age his imagination and love for his grandparent’s legacy was cultivated in having preferred to work in the pizzeria’s colorful working atmosphere and to have learned to make pizza from his grandfather. In 1981, Francis opened the next-door location to Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria, formerly called The Spot, which was Frank and Filomena Pepe’s original location and oven.

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