It’s a Saturday night, you send a quick text or Tweet, head to the corner, pass over the money, and get the goods – piping hot homemade pizza.
Satisfied customers give Tweetzzapizza a thumbs up. Photo courtesy of Tweetzzapizza.
“Everything is better when it’s sketchy,” says one of the two men behind Albany’s new underground pizza business, Tweetzzapizza.
The Twitter-based eatery was launched on September 11th and has been open almost every Saturday night since. The creators are two friends of four years; one cooks while the other delivers, markets, and manages. Both wish to remain anonymous due to the mysterious nature of their business.
“It wasn’t serious at all, at first,” said the cook.
“The way our friendship works is I come up with a crazy idea, and he eggs me on, or he comes up with a crazy idea, and I egg him on,” said the manager.
They came up for the idea for Tweetzzapizza one night when they were hanging out with friends around a computer. While joking about starting a pizza business, they decided to do it – but keep it sketchy. After creating an e-mail account and coming up with the username (pizzaunderground was one letter too long), Tweetzzapizza was born.
Operating out of the cook’s one-oven kitchen, Tweetzzapizza is makeshift and homemade in every sense. Delivery, while occasionally by car, is often via a cargo bicycle from the Troy Bike Rescue.
“It’s sort of a Frankenbike,” said the manager. The bike has a tandem frame with a piece of plywood strapped to it to carry the pizzas.
“It amazes me, how many girls are totally okay with meeting a guy on a bike on the corner at night.”
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