- Cops will serve customers for tips to raise funds at Jennie’s Pizzeria on Wednesday, November 9.
- Established in 1935 and located in Monroe, Connecticut, Jennie’s is one of the country’s oldest pizzerias.
Jennie’s Pizzeria, one of the oldest pizza shops in the country, has enlisted the local police force of Monroe, Connecticut, to help out the state’s Special Olympics athletes.
According to the Monroe Sun, police officers will serve customers at Jennie’s from 6 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9. And when those customers tip, every nickel, dime and dollar goes to Special Olympics Connecticut.
It’s part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a nationwide program that celebrated 35 years of supporting the Special Olympics in 2021.
Local cops will volunteer to work alongside Jennie’s employees, welcoming customers, taking orders and serving pies and other dishes at the longstanding pizzeria, the Monroe Sun reports.
Special Olympics Connecticut provides life-changing sports, health and fitness programs to athletes of all abilities, including those with special needs.
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Jerry Curcurello opened Jennie’s, named for his wife, in 1935, and Alfonse DeSimone, a baker, partnered with his two sons-in-law to purchase the eatery after befriending Curcurello in 1945. Jennie’s was a Bridgeport, Connecticut pizza mainstay before the DeSimone family relocated it to Monroe in 1998.
The menu at Jennie’s runs the gamut from pizzas and pastas to burgers and other entrees. Featured at the top of the pizza menu is Pop’s Hot Oil Dirty Pie, which dates back to 1935. It features grated cheese, fresh-ground black pepper, oregano, crushed hot pepper, fresh garlic and the family’s own signature hot oil.
Other specialty pies include the Clams Casino, with whole or chopped clams, bacon, garlic and mozzarella, and the Shrimp Casino, featuring fresh shrimp, mozz and bacon.