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Italian pizzeria hands out free pizza to drivers stuck in traffic jam

By Daniel Uria
Italian pizzeria hands out free pizza to drivers stuck in traffic jam
Pizza margherita. Photo by svariophoto/Shutterstock

Jan. 19 (UPI) -- A pizzeria owner in Italy personally handed out free pizza and water to drivers stuck in traffic during a massive wildfire.

La Pizza di Egizio owner Simone Di Maria shared screenshots of compliments he received over social media after he personally walked through the streets of Genoa to provide free food to drivers to provide relief as traffic remained at a standstill.

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"You can't leave people starving at dinner time," he said. "A margherita is a small gesture that can get a bad day back on track."

Di Maria said flames came within 330 feet of his home and expressed gratitude for the firefighters "who worked tirelessly, at great risk, to ensure the safety of us all" by battling the blaze for several days, according to the BBC.

One Facebook user who lived in a different part of town encouraged the mayor to acknowledge Di Maria's kind act.

"An act like that unfortunately today day is increasingly rare," she said. "You deserve it with honor!"

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