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Pelham Pizza Places Enjoy Lenten Boost in Sales

PELHAM, N.Y. – It could be said that a pizzeria owner’s favorite holiday is Lent because of the boost in sales that comes from Christians abstaining from meat on Fridays. Two local pizza places, Marcello’s Pizza and Pelham Pizzeria and Ristorante, reaped the rewards of Ash Wednesday and are looking forward to future business on Fridays.

“It was a good day for us,” said John Ruffolo, a worker at Pelham Pizzeria. “It was busy, very busy, but it’s expected on that night.”

He said the restaurant “always” looks forward to Lent because of how much busier it gets.

“It’s a busy season for us,” said Ruffolo. “You have churchgoers that don’t eat meat, so it’s a good couple of weeks for us. It’s good for us.”

Lent, which lasts 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, is a major liturgical season in churches.

Jose Perez of Marcello’s Pizza said that the restaurant has been busy throughout the week because of the school break.

“We have been busy because the kids are off from school,” he said. “Everybody’s in town.” He said that Wednesday “was good.”

As for the next few weeks of Lent, Perez is ready along with the rest of the staff at Marcello’s.

“We’re here,” said Perez. “We’re always expecting good business. That’s what we’re here for – to serve you guys and make money.”

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