John Mangiapane of Mangia Pizza & Restaurant – Photo Story

In New York, especially Long Island, there is pretty much a pizza place on every corner right next to the Dunkin or bagel shop. With so many pizza restaurants, how does one stand out amongst the competition? Well, John Mangiapane of Mangia Pizza & Restaurant, has been finding a way since opening his restaurant in 2001 after deciding to expand his family’s pizza place, which was established in 1987.

Serving homemade Italian food from pasta dishes to pizza, Mangiapane has had customers  coming back for years. While owning a restaurant is no easy feat, he has been able to find the balance between spending time with his family and making sure the restaurant stays afloat. With his witty charisma and easygoing personality, it is no secret that customers come back solely for the food. Explore a day in the life of John Mangiapane as he spends his Sunday afternoon at Mangia Pizza and Restaurant.


Arriving at Mangia Pizza and Restaurant in the early afternoon, John Mangiapane steps through the doors of the pizza parlor.


After receiving a to-go order, John Mangiapane places the ticket in the ticket holder to start the order. Mangia Pizza and Restaurant sends out approximately 70 deliveries per day.


John Mangiapane tosses dough in the air, one of the steps in preparing the pizza dough for the traditional Mangia pizza crust.


Taking a fresh pepperoni pizza out of the oven, John Mangiapane places the hot dish into a pizza box so that it is ready for the customer to pick up.


With the freshly made boxed pepperoni pizza in hand, John Mangiapane hands the to-go order to the customer.


John Mangiapane asks how the orders are going with employee, Anna, as she prepares a to-go order of zeppolis. Zeppolis are one of the many desserts offered at Mangia Pizza and Restaurant, with others including Italian ices and fried oreos.


John Mangiapane observes as employee Anna hands out the to-go order of zeppolis to the customer. Mangiapane oversees eight employees, ranging from cooks to waiters to delivery persons.


John Mangiapane adds a to-go order into the system from a customer’s phone call.


John Mangiapane pulls a slice of ricotta pizza from the case of pre-made slices. Mangia Pizza and Restaurant offers customers 15 different combinations of pizza toppings.


John Mangiapane asks customers of 15 years, Don and Eileen, how they like their meal. “I love being able to serve the customers a quality good meal,” Mangiapane said. “I get a good kick when I get to see people eat something that makes them happy.”


After a long day at the pizza parlor, John Mangiapane heads out the door to head home in order to get up the next day ready to face the upcoming challenges and triumphs.




California Hates the Rain? Oh Yes. – Photo Critique

California rarely gets rain, like ever. However, just recently southern California faced a harsh rainstorm, leaving many to face devastation, which can be seen in NBC News’ slideshow, Powerful California Storms Leave Thousands Without Power.

In just 13 photos, the various photographers were able to perfectly encompass the emotions of the individuals as well as the degree of devastation that was occurring. Almost all of the photos followed the “Rule of Thirds” guideline, which created white space, enabling the reader to see the aftermath of the rainstorm, rather than solely focusing on the people in the photos. For the most part, the slideshow consisted of wide and medium shots that allow the reader to focus on an individual, yet see the environment surrounding the subject, which is important when a story is on the weather.

The pacing of the slideshow gets progressively worse in regards to the degree of destruction. For instance, the photo story begins with a man in the rain, but by the 4th image, we see a woman getting saved by firefighters, followed by a tree crushing a car in the 10th image. Also, the first four photos are people-heavy, where the main subject of the photo is an individual and you’re looking at their reactions. Yet, the next nine photos place a greater emphasis on the devastation, such as the firetruck and tractor that fell over the freeway in the 8th and 12th photos.

In addition, the first image—a man standing in strong rainfall on the Huntington Beach pier—encompasses the great strength of the storm, which sets up the reader for what is coming. The last image, a man walking his dog on the beach, was chosen because you can see the storm passing and sunshine peeking out, which closes the story because after rainfall comes sunshine.

Overall, the captions are very generic and strictly give information of who/what/when/where as well as facts of the rainstorm that could relate to the photo, which works since the reader wants to know what is going on, but it would’ve been better if they got a quote from some of the people to really grasp the reactions of the citizens.

However, none of the photos have unusual angles or are graphically-striking because the intention of the slideshow is to display the destruction from the rainstorm so the storyteller would want to get all of the information out there rather than have really artistic photos of the event.


For a story like the one of a great rainstorm occurring in Southern California, the storyteller did an incredible job demonstrating all that was needed to know and no better way than through photography.