A pizzeria owner in northern Italy has won plaudits from his compatriots after handing out free pizzas to drivers stuck in a huge traffic jam.
Motorists in Genoa were caught in long tailbacks during the evening rush on Monday because of a large fire raging in nearby hills. Local roads – including the motorway – were closed due to smoke, leaving many drivers stuck in their vehicles for hours.
When local pizzeria owner Simone Di Maria saw news of the gridlock online, he set about delivering food and water to some of those who were stuck, Il Secolo XIX reports. Some took to Facebook to express their gratitude, with one famished driver describing it as a “godsend” after hours of queuing.
In response, Mr Di Maria said that he imagined himself in their shoes. “You can’t leave people starving at dinner time,” he wrote on the pizzeria’s Facebook page. “A margherita is a …