LANSDOWNE, Va., Feb. 23, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SSP America, the North American division of SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is proud to announce the opening of Pizzeria Piccola in General Mitchell International Airport. The 1479 square foot restaurant has joined the two other Bartolotta Group concepts in serving the 4 million passengers traveling through Concourse C annually.

Trying to capture the essence of an authentic, Italian, Neapolitan-style pizzeria in a contemporary airport terminal isn't an easy task, but Pizzeria Piccola in Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport (MKE) has successfully risen to the challenge. When SSP America sought to create a place of refuge within the airport, it landed on the traditional style of the Bartolotta Restaurant Group's existing restaurant concept, Pizzeria Piccola. Its glowing, fired oven serves as a beacon to harried travelers, and creates a gathering spot where the vacationer and business traveler alike feel comfortable.

"We are thrilled to continue to build our partnership with The Bartolotta Group and General Mitchell Airport to provide authentic cuisine that accurately portrays the taste of Milwaukee to our traveling customers, commented SSP America's President & CEO, Les Cappetta. "Pizzeria Piccola will serve as a great addition to our existing restaurants."

Truly authentic thin-crust Neapolitan pizzas are made-to-order with hand-rolled dough and fresh toppings, and then baked to perfection in the oven before being delivered tableside to guests. The restaurant has a simple, timeless interior that highlights the key elements of the existing locale, with warm woods, authentic Cream City brick walls, café curtains, schoolhouse lighting, and traditional furnishings.

Joe Bartolotta, President & Owner of The Bartolotta Restaurants commented, "We are excited to open a third Bartolotta venue at Mitchell International Airport and hope our venues provide a positive message and experience for travelers coming in to the city of Milwaukee.  Additionally, we are proud to have a strong partnership between Milwaukee County and SSP America."

Pizzeria Piccola is located in Concourse C.

About SSP

SSP is the leading dedicated operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations, shopping malls, conference centers and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has 30,000 employees, serving millions of customers every week. It has business at over 140 airports over 250 rail stations, and operates more than 2,100 units in 30 countries around the world.

SSP operates an extensive portfolio of over 200 international, national, local and specialty brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, Caffè Ritazza, M&S Simply Food, Bonne Journée, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Japanese noodle brand Ajisen Ramen as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux Jazz Café in Geneva and Sydney and the Bambini Wine Room in Sydney. Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location type, size and design.

About SSP America (SSP Canada)

SSP America operates in more than 40 airports across North America bringing a variety of local, regional and national brands to the traveling consumer at a vast array of price ranges.  Third party brands in the company's broad portfolio include The Palm Restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Gordon Biersch, Panda Express, Tigín, Peet's Coffee & Tea, T.G.I. Friday's, Tim Hortons, The Great American Bagel and Buffalo Wild Wings.  SSP America's brand portfolio also includes strong, local award-winning icons such as Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Harry & Izzy's, Nonna Bartolotta's, and Alterra Coffee.

Christie Klein 
SSP America
(571) 528-2330 


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