Sharing a delicious pizza at Pete & Elda's in Neptune, NJ. (photo by Lauren Mosko)
I love pizza.
So, checking out new pizza places always seems like a great idea to me. Recently, I visited Pete & Elda’s – a restaurant and bar in Neptune City, NJ – known for its delicious, thin-crust pizza.
That same night, Dave Bailey of Tinton Falls, NJ wanted a new t-shirt, so he also went to dinner at Pete & Elda’s.
Confused and wondering what pizza has to do with a t-shirt?
Bailey is about half of the way through his three topping pizza at Pete & Elda's.
Well, in addition to having amazing pizza, Pete & Elda’s offers a free t-shirt to anyone who can eat an entire double extra-large pizza, on their own. Bailey is no stranger to this offer; he’s been coming to Pete & Elda’s for about nine years. It took him a few years to work up the courage to try to eat his first entire double extra-large pizza, but over the years he earned five t-shirts. (The shirt designs change periodically, and the most recent shirt that Bailey set out to earn was the 144th edition.)
Pretty hungry and intent on making his pizza-eating challenge even more exiting this time around, Bailey ordered his pizza with sausage, onions, and olives. He had never attempted to finish an entire three topping pizza by himself before – a significantly more challenging feat than eating a plain pizza, as each topping adds several more bites to the pizza. As Bailey diligently ate slice after slice, he reassured spectators that he was thoroughly enjoying his meal. “I’m still savoring it all,” he announced when there were just two slices remaining.
Bailey remained confident through the challenge, and so those of us looking on were confident in him as well. When he finished the last bite and successfully earned his sixth t-shirt, a very proud and (quite full) Bailey said, “The pizza is so good you can just keep eating!”
The last bite!
So, if you’re in the market for a new t-shirt, or just want to try some amazing thin-crust pizza, check out Pete & Elda’s, (voted #1 Pizza in Monmouth / Ocean Counties by the Readers Choice Awards, The Asbury Park Press). They’re open 7 days a week and pizza is available from 11:30am to 1:00am.
And be sure to let me know if you earn your own t-shirt at Pete & Elda’s!
Bailey with his wife, Heather, celebrating his victory and new t-shirt!
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Pete & Elda’s