25-year-old Bobby Chapman is the manager at Little Italy’s Pizza, 139 W. Madison St, and has been managing since he was 17 years old. He started working at Little Italy’s when he was 16, and did well. He was promoted to assistant manager, and then they brought him up to manager.
There are eight Little Italy’s locations, including Girard, Chatham, and Auburn, among others. Sunday through Thursday they are open 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays they are open a little later, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Before the owners purchased the space, it was a Godfather’s Pizza. They bought it from them and changed it to Little Italy’s.
Chapman said the best part of his job is that he gets to interact with a lot of people. Between deliveries and pickups, he estimated that they will have anywhere from 25 to 35 customers a day. “It depends on the day,” he said. “If it’s raining a lot more people want it delivered.”
The most popular items on the menu are the breadsticks and the Supreme pizza, which includes sausage, ham, pepperoni, mushroom, onion, and green pepper. “Breadsticks are really popular as a side, but pizza wise I’d say the Supreme,” he said.
Chapman went to Virden High School before it consolidated to North Mac High School. He lives in Virden with his family, dog, and cat. He has a 90 pound basset hound that he estimated was two feet high. They rescued their dog from someone in Carlinville. They also have a big orange cat that Chapman said looks like Garfield. He has lived in the area since he was seven years old.
Little Italy’s will donate certificates to organizations in the community. They gave out gift certificates at the Festival Days this past weekend. This year, they did not sponsor one of the contestants in the pageant, but they have done so in previous years.
On a typical day, Chapman comes in, prepares everything, takes orders, deals with problems and complaints, closes up shop, and does paperwork. He said that sometimes they will do orders for schools. Chapman will take on deliveries one day a week in his new 2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
He lives with his mom and dad and has one sister. He said the values instilled in him by his parents were to “work hard and respect others.” At the front of the store, there was a jar for donations to one of his employees’ stepmom that passed away. Donations were being collected for her funeral and coffin.
Chapman said that Little Italy’s has been open in Girard for about ten years.
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