Co-Founder and CEO

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Michael Lastoria was a featured speaker at RestaurantSpaces ’17

Michael Lastoria is a serial entrepreneur who is known for building companies on four core principles: design-driven, culture-centric, brand-led, and most importantly, morally sound.
In 2012, he co-founded &pizza, a fast-casual pizza brand that embodies those principles. In five years, he has raised more than $40 million for expansion and growth, opening 23 shops spanning multiple east coast markets. From culinary innovation to retail design, &pizza set out to create a brand with a strong point of view. The company’s success is evidenced in the Tribe’s intentional commitment to building a cultural movement.
In addition to &pizza, Lastoria is a co-founder of JWALK, a New York-based full-service creative agency, leading the company in growth strategy and business development. Having helped grow the company into a small but powerful force in the agency world, he sold the company in 2017 to beauty powerhouse, Shiseido.