After Messi Instagram post, everyone wants a piece of this Miami pizzeria
A pizzeria in Miami has enjoyed a bumper boost in business after Inter Miami star Lionel Messi gave it his seal of approval on social media.
A Miami pizzeria has become an overnight sensation after earning a public endorsement from soccer star Lionel Messi.
Messi Insta post sparks Banchero bonanza
At the weekend, the Inter Miami forward took to social media with a photo of a pizza bought from the restaurant, Banchero, with the caption: “Thank you @bancheromiami”.
Messi’s online thumbs-up persuaded crowds of pizza lovers to descend on the eatery, with customers photographed waiting in a line that stretched out onto the street at Collins Avenue and 71st Street.
“Messi’s favorite pizza!”
The restaurant has now updated its Instagram profile to read: “Lionel Messi’s favorite pizza!”
And in a post accompanied by a photo of the flood of customers, Banchero wrote on Monday: “Corner of 71st and Collins Ave - look at it! Thank you to everyone for choosing us.”
Referring to Messi with a ‘goat’ emoji - in allusion to the acronym for the phrase ‘greatest of all time’ - the pizzeria told the World Cup winner: “Thank you forever”.
In addition to enjoying a major boost in business, the pizzeria has seen its social-media following rocket to over 50,000.
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