THE COLONY, Texas, Aug. 23, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It was no ordinary pizza delivery when local representatives of the Pizza Inn team (Nasdaq:PZZI) knocked on the front door of Ayden, North Carolina-resident Krista Keith's home.
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Krista Keith

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When Keith answered and saw JoJo, the company icon, in full costume on her doorstep, she knew something big was happening. Rome, Italy-big.

Keith is the winner of Pizza Inn's national "Taste of Italy" promotion. And since Rome wasn't built in a day, Keith and a guest will enjoy an entire week in the city to see it up close.

Wayne Williams, the local supervisor of the Pizza Inn at 3750 South Memorial Drive, and general manager Eric Osborn accompanied JoJo to give Keith her certificate, balloons, and a fresh Pizza Inn Rustic Italian Pizza to celebrate.

"This is one pizza delivery that will go down in history," Williams said. "And it's great to have our Grand Prize winner right here in Greenville."

As part of Pizza Inn's Rustic Italian Pizza launch on its menu, the chain invited customers to participate in a first-ever promotion from April 26 - July 26. Instant win scratch-off game pieces were handed out at Pizza Inn stores nationwide, and Keith, along with customers throughout the U.S., could also log on to Pizza Inn's website and register the entry number on their game piece for a chance to win the trip.

That trip is now a reality for Keith and a guest, who will receive round-trip air transportation to Rome, six nights of hotel accommodations and $1,500 spending money.

"We were looking for an exciting way to introduce a delicious pizza and give back to our loyal customers at the very same time," said Charlie Morrison, president and CEO of Pizza Inn. "The Taste of Italy promotion was perfect. It provided instant wins at the stores and the kind of grand prize that someone will remember for a lifetime."

Keith has up to a year to take her trip, and Pizza Inn has a delivery request of its own in return: photos of a great vacation.

About Pizza Inn

Headquartered in the Dallas suburb of The Colony, TX, Pizza Inn, Inc. is an international pizza chain featuring traditional and specialty pizzas, as well as freshly made pastas, sandwiches, and desserts. Founded in 1958, publicly traded Pizza Inn (Nasdaq:PZZI) franchises approximately 315 restaurants and directly owns and operates four restaurants. For more information, please visit

Pizza Inn is seeking single- and multi-unit franchisees to help grow the company's network of restaurants in the region. More information on franchise opportunities with Pizza Inn is available at or by contacting Dino Chavez, Director of Franchise Development at (800) 284-3466.

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