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In a world of instant Yelp reviews and here today gone tomorrow restaurants, what has kept Campisi’s Italian restaurants growing for 70 years?

Yes they have the freshest ingredients and mouth watering pizzas, but it’s the family fabric that has been so important to them over the years.

“If you come in, you’re part of our family and we’re gonna treat you like such” said Peter Fraute, General Manager of the Fort Worth location on Camp Bowie.

That family includes one very special employee named Austin Underwood who has worked at the Fort Worth location for three years.

“I have given Austin the title of Happy Ambassador” Peter added.

Austin has Down Syndrome, but that is a side note compared to all of his accomplishments including getting his family recipe banana pudding on the Fort Worth menu.

“It was my grandmother’s recipe, she made it and then she taught me how to make it” said Austin Underwood.

Peter had a challenge for Austin to bring it to the menu as a regular item.

“If you can get ten people to ask for some, we will see about putting it on the menu” Peter said.

That was no problem for Austin and now his signature Banana Pudding is a staple on the menu at Campisi’s in Fort Worth.

It’s the kind of fun family atmosphere that will keep Campisi’s a favorite for the next 70 years.  Well, that and Austin’s welcoming smile!

“They leave a little happier because of his hello, or because of his goodbye when you were leaving” said Peter.

JD Ryan is at Campisi’s and Around Town celebrating the 70th Anniversary of a North Texas favorite restaurant.


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