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Pizza My Heart (2005)

Another modern spin-off of Romeo & Juliet, this time about two families who each run rivaling pizza restaurants in New Jersey.


Andy Wolk


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shiri Appleby ... Gina Prestolani
Eyal Podell ... Joe Montebello
Dan Hedaya ... Vinnie Montebello
Michael Badalucco ... Lou Prestolani
Joanna Canton ... Annette Prestolani
Nick Spano ... Carlo Delrio
Gina Hecht ... Gloria Montebello
Natalija Nogulich ... Mary Prestolani
Rob Boltin ... Nicky Montebello
John Mese ... Jean Paul Veber
Tony Amendola ... Father Spealo
William Ragsdale ... Tommy
Bryan James Kitto ... Antonio
Dane Rhodes ... Blue Collar Neighbor
Don Yesso ... White Collar Neighbor


Two Italian families own competitive pizza restaurants and have had an ongoing family feud since long ago in the 'old country'. The son and daughter of each opposing family fall in love, but not without strong disapproval of their parents. Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending. It takes place in modern day Verona, New Jersey. Written by Anonymous

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The title of the movie caused a legal conflict. There was already a pizzeria in Santa Cruz, CA trademarked "Pizza My Heart". The producers tried "Pizza My Heart, The Movie" That was already trademarked as well. This same pizzeria delivered rental videos with their pizzas. Apparently the conflict was resolved. See more »


Joe Montebello: Ma told me to spice up my life.
Gloria Montebello: Not with arsenic.
Joe Montebello: Arsenic is not a spice.
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Referenced in Danville 2nd Ward Young Men: Santa Cruz 2014 (2014) See more »


Where You Are
Written by Marc Broussard
Performed by Marc Broussard
Courtesy of Island Records
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20 November 2018 | by capone666See all my reviews

Pizza My Heart

While it's not widely known, Christopher Columbus' voyage to America was initially a pizza delivery.

And while that factoid has been lost to history, this comedy assures America's obsession with pizza hasn't.

In fair Verona, New Jersey is where we lay our scene: two families, The Prestolanis (Michael Badalucco, Natalija Nogulich) and The Montebellos (Dan Hedaya, Gina Hecht), war with each other over who sells the best pie in town. But their long-standing feud is about to be turned on its head when Gina (Shiri Appleby) falls in love with her sworn enemy Joe. (Eyal Podell). The lovers must now bring peace to their pizzerias.

ABC Family's modern retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy, this 2005 movie-of-the-week is a goofy but guilty pleasure that tones down the calamity of the play and gives way to zaniness.

Lastly, when ordering from a Romeo and Juliet themed pizzeria, get them to hold the poison. Yellow Light


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Release Date:

24 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pizza Wars See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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