A favorite pizza place is similar to the right pair of jeans - they are impossible to find, and when you do, you never let go.
Tony Romo’s favorite pizza place, despite his many travels, remains Napoli Restaurant and Pizzeria on Pine Street in his hometown of Burlington, Wisc. The owners are a married couple from Sicily who have run this restaurant for more than ... ever, and have known Romo and his family for ... ever.
Simon Pedone and his wife, Anna, were guests of Tony and his wife for the Cowboys’ game against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 27, 2014. They have been married for more than 40 years, and their Italian accents are as thick as pizza dough. Pedone actually packaged a handful of homemade, frozen pizzas to bring to Romo and his family when they made the trip to North Texas.
This is not the first time Tony Romo has had hand-delivered pizza from Burlington, Wisc. to his paws in DFW. I once delivered one.
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In the winter of 2006, I was at Napoli’s as part of research on a profile of the then new starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. Some people who knew Tony from his high school days said that Napoli’s was his favorite pizza place. Simon promptly fed me, although I was already stuffed from a lunch completed roughly two hours prior, and then he insisted that I bring a pizza to Tony Romo. I would not see Romo until the next day.
Not wanting to be rude, I agreed to deliver the pizza. For some reason, rather than throwing the pizza away and not telling Romo about it, I actually took the cooked pizza on my flight from Milwaukee to DFW that evening. Just placed it in the overhead compartment, and put in the ‘fridge after I arrived home. The next day, on the off chance he actually heard that Simon gave me a pizza that I threw away, I delivered what had to be a stale pie to Romo himself in the Dallas Cowboys locker room.
He opened the pizza box, and dug in despite its ... aged appearance.
Returning to Napoli Restaurant and Pizzeria more than eight years later, I was able to look Simon in the face to tell him that I did complete the delivery. He had no idea who I was, or the story.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760