Rockland native Al Spampinato knows how to draw a crowd. From his days as a rock-’n’-roll drummer in the 1960s, to hosting a recent pizza-eating contest at his own Spampi’s Pizza in Airmont, he’s figured out how to attract a crowd and keep it coming back for more.
Spampi’s Pizza opened in the Alto Music shopping center in Airmont in February. The business is a family affair — wife Judy, son Rob and daughter Jenny all help run the restaurant, and Jenny’s friend Donna Cuccio created the mural and paintings that adorn the space’s walls.
Pizza — including Spampi’s signature thin crust “pizzetta” — is of course the menu’s primary draw. Customers can create their own pies or choose from Spampinato’s list of a dozen creations. Classic favorites such as meat lovers, vegetable and Grandma pies share the spotlight with more exotic fare such as Buffalo chicken, white clam and salad pizzas. The seafood heaven pizza is packed to the gills with shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, garlic, olive oil, Romano cheese, house-made fresh mozzarella and parsley with a choice of red or white wine sauce. Spampi’s also offers gluten-free pizza.
If you go…
Spampi’s Pizza, 329 Route 59, Airmont. 845-547-2900. Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 2-9 p.m. Sunday.