Little Nino's Pizzeria

Nino makes the best pizza in the world. His best helper is his son, Tony. Tony likes to help his father at their small family restaurant, but everything changes when Little Nino's becomes a fancier place. Nino learns an important lesson about being an entrepreneur and about happiness.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Entrepreneur, Producers, Consumers, Profit.

Comprehension Questions

How could you tell Little Nino's was a successful business?

The restaurant was very popular. People came from all over town and waited in long lines.

Who made the business decision to open a larger, fancier restaurant and close Little Nino's?

Nino. He could do this because he was an entrepreneur and owned the business.

Explain why Nino decided to open a new restaurant to replace Little Nino's?

He wanted to make lots more money - more profit.

Why did Tony miss Little Nino's?

He was not able to help his dad as much in the fancy restaurant. He was always "in the way."

List the reasons why Nino was not happy as the owner of a fancy, expensive restaurant.

He missed making pizzas; there was too much paperwork; he was tired of money talk.

What did Nino like best about being an entrepreneur?

He liked being in charge of a smaller, less complicated business where he could concentrate on making the pizzas.

Why do you think Nino changed the name of the restaurant to Little Tony's Pizzeria?

Tony was his best helper and Tony missed the smaller restaurant.

Are entrepreneurs always successful in their businesses?

No, many new businesses fail. Successful entrepreneurs will often tell you that they failed many times before they became successful. Also, entrepreneurs must work very hard to continue to be successful. New competition and a changing business environment means that one can never "rest on one's laurels."

Do you think Nino made the correct decision? What would you have done in his situation?

Answers will vary, but it is not unusual for people to confront this kind of dilemma as they advance in their careers.

Author: Karen Barbour

Published: 1990

Reading Level: 2.3

Grade Level: PreK-2

Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5

Publisher: Harcourt