Saturday, January 10, 1998
Homer Simpson stops here for
By Colleen Slevin
METHUEN - For the past 40 years, thousands of
people have dined on Tony & Ann's pizza and subs.
Tomorrow, millions of people will get a taste of the North
Chelmsford eatery when it makes an appearance on "The
Simpsons" at 8 p.m. on the Fox network.
resident Anthony "Tony" Privitera, 73, has owned the Route 3A
restaurant with his wife Ann since 1953.
background design supervisor Lance Wilder is using
Methuen restaurateur Anthony Privitera's North
Chelmsford eatery as a backdrop.
"The Simpsons" background design supervisor, Lance Wilder,
is a former Chelmsford resident and longtime customer, Mr.
He called his small restaurant, which has six outdoor
picnic tables, a "landmark for hungry Americans."
"We have customers from all the country," he said. "When
people move away from here and they come back to visit, they
come here first."
Although he usually does not watch the animated show,
tomorrow he will watch it with the five grandchildren who help
run the restaurant - John Vitale of Andover, Anthony Vitale,
Maryann Vitale, Joseph Vitale and Annamaria Vitale, all of
Methuen. They are all the children of Maryann Vitale of
Will it help sell even more pizza?
"You know, it never can hurt," Mr. Privitera said.
Tony & Ann's is also scheduled to be in March 1's
episode, when Homer helps Moe get a girlfriend.
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