The Moment with Brian Koppelman: Anthony Mangieri

  • What were your first obsessions in life [before pizza]? BMX, hardcore music, skateboarding. Which then leads to other things. I was into self-reliance, an outsider, and clean living [straight edge].

  • I never did good at school. 

  • Pain could be helpful. It is the key to having that inner something. The loneliness, suffering, self-doubt makes life hard but it also gives you inner fire. No one can take that fire away. You are unstoppable because you suffered at a young age

  • There an element of luck that you have this spark inside you. A drive to do something. 

  • I never went to school for cooking. I’m not a trained chef. I wasn’t a restaurant guy. I just approached it as I’m here to make pizza because that’s what I want to do. I had nothing to lose. 

  • My idea was this is the way pizza should be. I based my perspective on going to Italy and then reading every book I could find on the history of Naples and pizza. 

  • My mentality was wanting to take something further. To get deep into it. I feel if you are going to do something you should know every single thing about what you do. 

  • I still feel shocked that people come into the restaurant. 

  • You can create your own bubble in life. I don’t watch tv or read the newspaper. I’ve created the world I live in. 

  • The key to everything is be true to yourself. If you are true to yourself you can do great things. For good and for bad. Keep that as your pathway. 

  • How to figure out what you really want/ who you really are: Shut everything else out. Stop with social media. Stop with what you think you are supposed to be. Find who you are supposed to be. It is a hard time right now because the world is trying to tell you who you are supposed to be