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A unique take on comfort food, we plan to offer Pittsburghers delicious food at reasonable prices.

Joey Z’s Meatballs is a new take on an old lunch staple. We don't just offer marinara sauce and cheese; we give you variety. Ever had pork meatballs with a sweet soy/ginger sauce, grilled onions and peppers? How about chicken meatballs with spicy Buffalo sauce and crumbled bleu cheese? These are just a couple of the sandwiches we’ll be offering.

Joe Zitzelberger has wanted to own his own restaurant since shortly after he became a manager of one, and has spent years experimenting with different concepts. When he came up with this idea (thanks to a lucky accident when he dropped a meatball into wing sauce) he knew this was “the one”. We’ve spent the last year and a half working on the recipes for 3 different kinds of meatballs (beef, pork and chicken) and coming up with a dozen combinations of toppings that work well together.

Our rewards are listed to the right. The food ones are pretty obvious, but we’re also really excited about the “sponsor of the day”. At the $25 level we will pick a day that will be sponsored by you! Each sandwich we make that day will sit on a liner that says “This sandwich was made thanks to Kickstarter and [name]” where [name] is your name, nickname or your dog’s name. Whatever you want as long as it’s family friendly.

We’ll be using the money we raise for equipment, initial marketing, and to help ensure that we make payroll the first few months. When you think about it, if you donate to us, YOU will be a job creator! Because, thanks to Kickstarter, that title’s not just for millionaires anymore. (If you are a millionaire, please know we’d love to have your money, too. Did you see you can get your own party catered by us? Your millionaire friends will be so jealous.)

Check us out on facebook.com/joeyzsmeatballs!

Our video was made possible thanks to our friends, Pete, Dan, Garrett and Jay and was edited by Parker. We also used sound effects from Mike Koenig (you can find them at http://soundbible.com/1003-Ta-Da.html http://soundbible.com/575-Oh-Yeah-Female-Voice.html and http://tinyurl.com/mmmfemale

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  • Sure! We're happy to help out your business, especially since you're helping out ours. We have limited room on the labels we're using but we're pretty sure we can fit most business names on there. We're also happy to add a line with your phone number or url. When the funding period ends, we'll be sending out surveys to get shipping info and find out what name you want to use.

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    We’ll express our undying love and gratitude to you. And we’ll make it Facebook official!

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    Above and voucher for a free drink and free upgrade to your fries when you get a sandwich (Bonus: No expiration date! Bonus, Bonus: if we franchise these vouchers will be good at future locations too!)

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    Free Sandwich and Fries plus above which means you're actually getting a whole meal! (Same bonuses)

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    Official Sandwich sponsor of the day. Above and – You’ll be on the tray liner of every sandwich we make on a specific date. Date will be determined later, but you will be given advance notice…and we’ll send you a copy of one of the liners. Feel free to frame it and display it on your ego wall.

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    Above and a free Joey Z’s T-shirt just like our staff wears. Except yours probably won’t be stained with multiple kinds of sauce.

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    Grand Opening Invitation for you and a friend. A batch of a dozen cookies shipped anywhere in the world. Also above. (Cookies will probably be chocolate chip, but we'll try to honor other requests if you have a preference and/or allergies)

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    Official Wall of Fame Honorary member. We’ll send you a pic of said wall that you can use to prove to your friends how awesome you are! Also above.

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    We will name a featured sandwich of the month after you. The featured sandwich will be the ONLY sandwich on the menu board that has a name associated with it…so between the Texas BBQ and Sweet & Sour Pork we might have “Bobby Dillon’s Chicken Florentine”. We’ll send you a pic to prove it along with the actual sandwich (we’ll ship it cold and give you instructions on how to reheat it) Also the $200 rewards.

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    Like the $500 except you get to help design the sandwich. We’ll work with you on what’s available (sorry, we can’t afford truffle infused swallow’s nest). When it debuts, we will mail one for you anywhere in the world. We’ll keep it cold and give you instructions on how to reheat it. Also $200 rewards.

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    We’ll cater your football (or any other kind) party for up to 30 people anywhere in the United States. We’ll bring our sandwiches of course, but we’ll provide the other party fixings. Note: This won't be available until May 2012, and we'll need a couple month's notice so we can arrange travel time. Also the $200 rewards.

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