Pope Francis receives pizza delivery — while riding in the Pope Mobile (VIDEO)

The Pope just couldn't turn down the delicious personalized pie

By Colin Gorenstein
Published March 23, 2015 4:50PM (EDT)
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In an interview with Mexican broadcaster Televisa earlier this month, Pope Francis was asked if he liked being Pope. To which, he responded: "I don't mind" before going on to say, "The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognized, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza."

Sunday, while Pope Francis toured through Naples on his Pope Mobile, the pizzeria came to him. Employees at the local pizzeria, Pizzeria Don Ernesto -- who clearly heard Pope Francis missed his pizzeria-going days -- surprised the pizza-loving catholic leader with a cherry tomato and buffalo mozzarella white-sauce pie. For a personal touch, it even included the words "Il Papa" written in dough:

A YouTube video captured the owner of  the pizzeria, Enzo Cacialli, heroically emerging from the crowds, jumping over a barricade and handing the Pope the pizza as he approached in his mobile. The Pope couldn't turn down a perfectly delicious pizza tribute. Applause erupted from the crowd.

This random act of kindness could be just the type of encouragement the Pope Frances needs to tackle the full 5-year tenure.


Colin Gorenstein

Colin Gorenstein is Salon's assistant editor of internet and viral content. Follow @colingorenstein or email cgorenstein@salon.com.

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