Co-Founder and CEO
Michael Lastoria is CEO & Co-Founder of &pizza, the first Washington D.C. based fast-casual pizza concept rapidly expanding in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2012, Michael founded &pizza in D.C.’s historic H Street NE corridor. He set out to create a different kind of pizza shop – one where experience is the focal point, every shop reflects the culture and people of its neighborhood and where quality ingredients are combined in inventive ways. Evidence of their success can be found in the culture of its employees (the brand calls them Tribe Members), its rapid expansion, now up to 14 shops, and numerous recognitions, including Best Pizza and Best Vegetarian in Washington, D.C.
An entrepreneur at heart, Michael Lastoria began his career in 2002, founding Innovation Ads, a leading marketing and media services company. While acting as CEO, Michael oversaw the successful sale of the company to Seaport Capital, a New York based private equity firm, in 2006.
Since then, Michael has founded several other notable performance-based advertising and hospitality companies. His ventures have received national recognition including features in Entrepreneur Magazine and a variety of entertainment publications.
In addition to his role as CEO & Co-Founder of &pizza, Michael serves as President of JWALK, a New York based full service creative agency, leading the company in growth strategy. Michael is a well-recognized leader in the startup world and speaks regularly on sales, marketing, branding and entrepreneurship. Michael holds a B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.