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Community Rallies Support for Beloved Williamsburg Pizza Cafe

WILLIAMSBURG — On Christmas Day, local small business owner Peter Micali and his family were heading home from a family gathering when they were involved in a car accident on Interstate 64.

The accident left the family, who operate Bellissimo Pizza off Mooretown Road, seriously injured and hospitalized, according to the business’s Facebook page.

The beloved pizza cafe is currently closed while the family recovers.

A statement made by Micali, on the Bellissimo Pizza Facebook page said, “I’m not sure how long I’ll be out. I just spoke to my doctor and she told me to expect to be out six to eight weeks. That’s too long for me. I’m gonna do everything I can to get back there sooner.”

Community support for the small business has been growing since the news of the accident, with many locals asking how to assist the family.

A GoFundMe campaign was set up to assist with medical costs, as well as to help cover operations and employee salaries while Bellissmo Pizza is closed. It currently has more than 235 supporters.

The Virginia Beer Company (VBC) a longtime collaborative partner with Bellissimo Pizza, has also set up a fundraiser to assist the Micalis with local pizza food truck Bald Guy’s Pies.

“Our relationship goes back as far as 2012,” said VBC Co-Founder Chris Smith. “In 2020, we created an Italian Pilsner and named it Bellissimo in honor of them. We love the partnership. It is a relationship that has grown over time. They sell our beer and are very supportive of VBC. When we saw the news, we knew we had to do something.”

The Virginia Beer Company and Bellissimo Pizza Partnership goes back years. (Photo: VCC)

Robby Willey, VBC Co-Founder, added, “We have a long-standing relationship with the (Bellissimo) crew and were very sorry to hear about the unfortunate accident on Christmas night. We are here to do what we can to help them during this time of need.”

The VBC taproom will be open from noon until 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 1, with the brewery donating 30% of sales that day to Bellissimo Pizza. Bald Guys Pies will also be participating by donating 10% of sales.

“Our mantra is Beer, People, Purpose. And, we try to live that. When we see people in our community, directly in need, we want to jump into action and partner with others to help,” said Smith.

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