Zappitelli’s on Madison Closing at the End of the Year

Owner says that parking — and the neighbors — have been a problem.

The pizza shop that won in its first year of business is shutting its doors at the end of the year. 

Adam Carroll, the owner of , says that parking at the business has been an issue.

Complaints from the neighbors over parking haven’t helped either. 

“We’re in Lakewood, there’s not much parking and I have 15 employees,” he said, noting the meters’ 15-minutes-for-free button has been removed.

In addition, there’s not enough room for dine-in patrons, and the business has been cited for allowing customers to eat there, Carroll said. 

“(The neighbors) are doing everything in their power to get rid of us,” he said. “There’s nothing else I can do to make them happy. I have told the delivery drivers not to park next to the building, so they don’t.”

Carroll said the business will close at the end of the year, but he said would use the next few months to search out another location in Lakewood.

“We’re not giving up on this community,” he said. “I will be back in Lakewood. It won’t be Zappitelli’s, but we’ll be back. I want to serve food in Lakewood at a good price. I am just looking for a good space to move into.”

Carroll said he’s enjoyed serving the community — pointing out that he’s given more money back to the community than he’s personally earned in the venture.

“Everyone loves Zappitelli’s,” he said, adding that sales have held steady. “The summer has been tough, but we’re gearing up for a busy fall.”

The store, at 14201 Madison Avenue, .

Several pizza joints have tried their luck at the location in recent years — most recently .

The original Bill August 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Totally untrue John. You must be one of the neighbors who are mad because you can't park in front of your house sometimes. I have never had a problem with Zappetelli's. It is a great pizza and I get it delivered whenever I want.
Laurie Solomon August 30, 2012 at 01:08 AM
No worries Peter - move to Lakewood, the people are truly warm, caring and compassionate people. It's a great community, you'll enjoy every minute of it!
Laurie Solomon August 30, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Thanks M-F, just heard that Maria's AND Two Dad's have both been purchased. Just another indication that Lakewood is an awesome place to live AND work!
Laurie Solomon August 30, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Yepper, the 15 minute for free parking was removed because the city didn't know what else to do to respond to the continuous complaints about parking at a meter that expired. Ours is the ONLY corner in Lakewood (to my knowledge) that has had the free parking removed, this will not affect any other street, or time for the free parking. Zapps has paid the dues, paid for parking and we'll now try to get that reversed. Hopefully we could resolve this by next week - just have to find the right department.
Laurie Solomon August 30, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Thanks Bill - WOW John, that's pretty angry stuff there. I'm Adam's mom, so of course I'm going to take things a little more personal than Adam does - that's why I'm responding and he's probably not even thinking about it! Rather funny about the "haven't invested a dime in the storefront" how about replacing the windows that were full of BB holes (hardly an inexpensive move), the plants, the pictures, the paint - all for a restaurant that does NOT promote dine in eating. I'm also needing to comment on the unclean remark - we constantly clean, sweep, mop- Adam is certified in Serve Safe, AND the County Inspector has noted that it's a pleasure doing his UNSCHEDULED inspections because we CONTINOUSLY are violation free. Rest assured John, Zappitelli's is very clean & a safe place to eat! We're not BLAMING the neighbors or the parking for our leaving - it's just time to go. We're staying as long as we can-but we need a bigger place, where we can have dine in customers and we are in a friendlier environment (We are going to miss TOMMY'S PASTRIES!) and we are diligently looking for that place to be in Lakewood. I'm going to have to agree with Bill, you must be part of the unhappy neighbors. I am so proud of what Adam has accomplished in less than a year - a fantastic product, a wonderful following of people that believe in him, a true concern for the community, and continued success with his unbelievable culinary creativity! Way to go Adam, you've done an awesome job!
The original Bill August 30, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Laurie I certainly hope you are able to find another location in Lakewood. Have you contacted anybody at city hall? I think Dru Siley is the person to talk to.
xv August 30, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Wow John so much hate! Guess you like commenting to yourself.
Adam Carroll August 30, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Wow I didn't think your name was John. We just always called you mr moda. But next time Jim stops in for a pie I'll send him over to your store so you can give him the story of the century on our excessive meter violations. Maybe it will win him a Pulitzer !!!
The original Bill August 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Hey John just a FYI: Learn the difference between your and you're. Were'nt is not a word. Also try some punctuation.
ian king August 30, 2012 at 06:13 PM
hi - how about relocating by/at 117th and detroit. lots of empty storefronts there and lots of foot traffic all hours of the day, rta bus stops, cvs, etc. great location and lacking a nice takeout pizza place. right next to charter one bank would be great. and if you did pizza by the slice takeout, i think you would be a huge hit, especially at lunch and nighttime.
The original Bill August 30, 2012 at 06:17 PM
To Peter and M-F: The Red Rooster at the corner of Detroit and Cohasset is closed so there certainly is a place for them there. Where the heck do you live M-F that you didn't know this?
The original Bill August 30, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Oh it definitely gets the point across, although not the one you are thinking
Michael August 30, 2012 at 07:26 PM
The old Red Rooster would be perfect. Big enough for a kitchen and a few dining tables, as well as a patio, plus plenty of parking.
Michael August 30, 2012 at 07:27 PM
This John character is making himself sound ridiculous. Adam/Laurie - please consider the old Red Rooster location on Detroit. Big enough for a kitchen and dining area. Plus you could make an awesome patio out front and still have plenty of room for parking.
Gina J. August 30, 2012 at 08:12 PM
pizza bogo is going in to drug mart (old dots) spot. there is always room for good pizza in LW!
xv August 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Yes the Red Rooster is now closed, and yes it would make a great location for Zappitelli's. It used to be an Amy Joy doughnut shop and during the summer they even had an ice cream shop.
The original Bill August 31, 2012 at 02:30 AM
So Peter, why then are you asking "So where would they move to by the new Drug Mart?" if you already knew Red Rooster was closed? Just being argumentative?
xv August 31, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Again WOW John! Yes I have read all your comments. It is obvious and sad you really have a personal problem and agenda here. I did visit their facebook page and website page and was looking for as you stated "thier tired of you,re lies tired of you're defamation of character comments on line i.e facebook,website. Dont worry they bookmarked them for all to view." I'm still looking perhaps you can post the bookmarks. I must say Thank You because for months I have driven by saying I need to stop and try this new place. I visited Zappitelli's for the first time today for lunch with my daughter what a great experience wonderful people and GREAT Pizza. My daughter especially enjoyed the fresh baked bread, she ate two. FYI They must have figured out how to clean, because everything was spotless or perhaps the problem really is, your glasses needed cleaning. You seem to be fixated on the parking meters and the 15 minutes of free parking, best I can calculate that works out to 12.5 cents. If times are that tough for you it's OK Zappitelli's will pay for your parking. If you cleaned your glass perhaps you could read the white pieces of paper you refer too posted in their window, which informs you of this.
xv August 31, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Your right John it's all a conspiracy by those of us that use the word WOW. We will be having our secret meeting tonight everyone remember the the secret knock and don't forget your secret decoder ring.
xv August 31, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Thank you Bill you were so kind not to mention John's spelling abilities.
xv August 31, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Bill John did miss your point. I'm sure the problem is lack of sleep, or perhaps it was clouded by the truth.
xv August 31, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Bill My post was on the 8th at that time I was not aware that the Red Rooster was officially closed. When I last spoke with Sam (the owner) he told me it would was inevitable.
Adam Carroll August 31, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Oh but John, your ranting and grammar (or lack thereof), is entertaining. Please let us know where you will go.
M-F Schreiber August 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
@ Bill "Where the heck do you live M-F that you didn't know this?" I live down the street from Peter! We have been aware of Red Rooster's fate for some time as we shopped there until it shuttered. Don't think the facility is big enough for a dine-in pizza parlor and it would be overshadowed by the Drug Mart facade going up across the way. There also can't be more than 10-15 parking spaces there now. @ Michael "The old Red Rooster would be perfect. Big enough for a kitchen and a few dining tables, as well as a patio, plus plenty of parking" Red Rooster is a convenience store so it would take some restructuring to make it a dine-in pizza parlor. Don't know where you would put an outdoor patio without giving up needed parking. And, let's not forget GSM students hanging out in your parking lot after school...could increase business, but then again become a nuisance.
Jake J. August 31, 2012 at 08:57 PM
What's funny is that "Mr. MODA's" real name is Tim not John so maybe people really just don't like your establishment.... Stop being so cocky and maybe try and fix your failing business.
xv August 31, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Glad you think it funny that someone is messing with another persons hard work in starting a new business. There is nothing like a coward that makes up lies and hides. Stand up like a man. It is John or who ever they really are, that has been harassing Zappitelli's since May.
Laurie Solomon August 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Dear Lord, let's just stop this painful banter. Fact - Customers love to order Zappitelli's because it is a wonderful place to order food, with high quality product and people that care to serve it. Another Fact - some people just don't care for it. Enough said. The posts are getting ugly and it is just very uncomfortable for me to read these (they all come through my cell phone too, draining on me AND my cell battery). I don't care what John's real name is, or who is writing these negative statements - nobody knows what happens in someone elses business. I'm truly laughing at the conjuctures of Zappitelli's failures, please let me enlighten you all. Zapp's is strong, Zapp's has a following, Zapp's is just tired of being in this spot. For those of you that enjoy our food and company, please come back, check out our website, get on our e-mail list, stop in and say hi. For those that don't. Um, don't. Enough said. John, Jake - whomever, you are truly defeating your purpose of 'foiling' the Zappitelli reputation by the notes you are posting. I say - WOW, quit while you're behind. Colin - can we please cancel this God awful interaction?
Laurie Solomon August 31, 2012 at 10:50 PM
with that being said, thanks Peter for being a Zapp's supporter
Peter Bruce Photo August 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM
I am with you Laurie,kill it Peter Bruce Photo
xv September 01, 2012 at 01:51 AM
My apologize Laurie I could not just ignore the negative posts. My best to you and Adam.


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