Venezia's on Breaking Bad
How we got into Breaking Bad, The Truth. My brother Aldo's friend from high school, Juan. Works in the film business. He had ordered some party pizzas for his department. They later approached me and wanted me to sign a waiver to have my party pizzas in the hit AMC show Breaking Bad. I of course did. For the scene of the pizza thrown on the roof, they ordered like 10 plus parties. They ordered more just after that and requested them not to be cut. So we did. When that episode aired, a lot of people that know our pizza came in and started to congratulate us. It was a real exciting experience. I was getting calls from family in New York. People from Canada were even calling us. The next season's episode where they ordered a party pizza for their party. They ordered 50 party pizzas, some cut and some uncut. Myself, my wife Tara, and my staff got busy making them. Myself and my wife delivered them.
After going through their tight security and signing non-disclosure forms, we were able to sit and stay in their Director like chairs, and watch them film several takes of that party scene. Several employees of the show were digging into the massive 50 party pizza stack. When it came time to bring in the Pizza for the scene, we were asked to leave. I think it was so we didn't disclose what happened with our pizza. I was told later that the Producer wanted to meet us. But we had already left. After that episode aired, we were getting calls from all over asking us why we don’t cut our pizzas, and asking, do you cut your pizzas? It was a great gimmick to have. It really stirred up the Pizza eating crowed. In the final season, they had just asked for some party boxes. We found out later, that they had an episode of remembering back when they had Pizza.
Unfortunately, after our uncle Frank retired from the business here, myself and my brother had to rename our pizzerias. But we will always strive to get our new names into the film industry. I think it was a real great experience for New Mexico, especially Albuquerque, to have a Pizza place that has been around since 1978, that started in Rio Rancho, and to have a hit TV show filmed right here with local business involved. I feel it's a great thing for the community to always have in their history.
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Posted by Sindicator on November 22, 2013
The pizza flip and flop heard round the world is headed toward extinction!
Baddies across the globe better move quick if they want to get their very own, authentic Venezia’s pizza box. The super sized pie made famous by Breaking Bad’s Walter White will soon become “Gino’s Pizza”.
A few weeks ago a whisper came in to the OHI inbox speculating that SONY/AMC may have purchased the now iconic name and logo from the local eatery. But a call to Walter White’s area Venezia’s this morning yielded a giggling, “no” from a staffer – who also said, “I think we’re just getting new owners…”
The name change has been confirmed per the latest #ABQ area val-pak paper coupon mailer, which states right up top, “New Name Coming Soon: Venezia’s Pizzeria Will Become Gino’s Pizza – Same Owner, Same Great Food And Pizza”.
Ciao Venezia’s, bienvenidos Gino’s!