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President Obama Stops at Antonella’s Pizzeria

October 24th, 2012 | Filed under , .

After President Obama’s speech at the fairgrounds October 24, he paid a surprise visit downtown to our good friends at Antonella’s Pizzeria to enjoy some of the country’s finest pizza for lunch!  We’d just like to say congratulations to the good people at Antonella’s – this hard working locally-owned business deserves every moment of national attention.

With the Hotel Blackhawk’s now famous Pork Chops making the official White House menu and Presidential approval of Antonella’s pizza, downtown is racking up quite a cuisine resume!


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    Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is a non-profit organization. As administrators of the downtown Self Supporting Municipal Improvement District (SSMID), DDP provides leadership and advocacy for downtown economic development, planning, cultural vitality, events, marketing, and clean-and-safe initiatives.

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