Mona Lisa Pizza owner says minimum wage hike sends shockwaves

July 24, 2015

The July 22 ruling by a New York state wage board raising the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 has pizzeria owners like Lenny Giordano considering major business changes. Giordano, owner of Mona Lisa Pizza in Staten Island, New York, and a U.S Pizza team member, says, for now, the decision only affects fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s. But the shockwaves are heading his way. Currently, Giordano and other Empire State pizzeria operators, are still governed by the $8.50 minimum wage. 

“As a pizza guy who runs a single-store, mom-and-pop operation, I’m very concerned about this decision,” says the Sicily-born…