By Brandon Rosin | 4/29/14 11:50 AM
With the 2014 home opener less than three weeks away, the Ohio Machine and Amato’s Woodfired Pizza are proud to announce a specialty pizza for fans of all ages to enjoy. The Ohio Machine pizza at Amato’s is part of a renewed partnership between the team and the Delaware landmark that began in 2012 when Amato’s joined the Machine one of its first partners in the Machine’s inaugural season.
The Ohio Machine pizza features Amato’s famous meatballs, peppadew peppers, red onions and feta cheese. During the Machine’s 2014 training camp, the new pizza earned rave reviews from Machine players.
“It’s phenomenal,” Machine midfielder Peter Baum said.
“The pizza is great,” goalie Scott Rodgers said. “There’s not much more to say when you clean your plate and there’s nothing left.”
The addition of a pizza named for the Machine builds on a partnership that started before the team played its first game. Since the Machine’s inaugural season, Amato’s hosted the official “Ohio Machine Party on the Patio” prior to every home game, something that will continue in 2014. Brad Hampu, managing partner of Amato’s, said he looked forward to another year with the Ohio Machine.
“We’re excited to be back with the Machine,” said Hampu. “Our Party on the Patio is a huge success. It draws people from all over and is a cool hangout spot so people would come out early to the games.”
“Amato’s and the Machine have been close partners from the start,” Machine President & General Manager John Algie said. “We try to focus on local partnerships, and with their amazing food Amato’s was a perfect fit. We’re excited to introduce the Ohio Machine pizza and I know our fans will be excited to eat it.”
Fans who present Machine home game tickets during the “Party on the Patio” will receive special game-day discounts. Live music, giveaway and special guest appearances will also be featured at the “Party on the Patio” prior to face-off. Hampu said the party is family-oriented and allows Machine friends, family and fans to get together before the games to drink and grab a bite to eat all while promoting the Machine.
The first Party on the Patio in 2014 will be on Saturday, May 17 prior to the Machine’s home opener against the New York Lizards at 8 p.m.