Salvatore’s Pizza temporarily removes coupons, combos due to shortages

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Local pizza chain Salvatore’s Pizza has temporarily removed coupons and combos from its website due to what the restaurant calls food shortages, and price increases.

The announcement was posted on its coupons page in the form of a short letter from CEO and Founder Salvatore "SoccerSam" Fantauzzo.

Fantauzzo said the hope is the move will help the restaurants avoid passing along price increases to customers, specifically with chicken wings. He says the costs have tripled for the wings as part of the continued nationwide shortage in the food.

According to MarketScale, wing supply is the lowest its been in roughly a decade. Local owners have also said the cost of everything from frying oil to the container you take your food in has also gone up.

Fantauzzo did not outline how long the stoppage in coupons/combos will list, but said updates will be coming soon.

Read his full letter below.

We are experiencing severe food shortages and dramatic food price increases from our vendors and distributors. Most recently, there is a nationwide chicken wing shortage, and chicken costs have tripled. We are hoping that our food cost drops soon, as well as the price of gas for our company non-electric delivery vehicles.

We refuse to cut portion sizes or lessen the quality of the products we use. We do not want to push our new increased costs and stress onto our loyal customer base. In efforts to avoid a menu price increase, we have temporarily removed coupons and combos from our website. It is our hope that lessening our couponing and discounting percentage helps keep our locations thriving and secures our employees’ jobs. If the chicken market worsens, we may have to use a market price system or add a wing surcharge. We will keep our customers updated!

Each Salvatore’s location is individually owned and operated by a local family in the Rochester area. By ordering from your favorite Salvatore’s location, you are supporting a Rochester family and their local staff. We hope that the food industry recovers and that these severe shortages & cost increases come to an end. We will then be able to offer coupons & combos to our customers again.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We love you, Rochester!

Salvatore "SoccerSam" Fantauzzo, CEO/Founder of Salvatore’s Pizza