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Giants QB Tommy DeVito makes good on NJ pizzeria appearance after flap over alleged doubling of $10K fee

Fans of both Tommy DeVito and pizza were not disappointed on Tuesday.

After a flap over a fee threatened to cancel his appearance at a New Jersey pizza shop, the New York Giants quarterback and Italian-American sensation showed up as scheduled to sample pies and meet and greet fans. According to reporter Darren Rovell, he did it for free.

Here’s DeVito at Morristown, New Jersey’s Coniglio’s Old Fashioned on Tuesday watching owner Nino Coniglio work behind the counter.

It’s a scene that almost wasn’t after an online back-and-forth between Coniglio and DeVito’s agent Sean Stellato threatened to shut the appearance down. Coniglio posted on Instagram Sunday that Stellato doubled an agreed-upon $10,000 appearance fee after DeVito led a high-profile Monday night win over the Green Bay Packers for a third consecutive victory as New York’s starter.

It was a primetime game that heavily featured Stellato leaning all the way in to the love affair between DeVito and the New York/New Jersey Italian-American community.

“After last week’s win we received word from his agent that his appearance fee would be doubling (went from 10k to 20); We are a small family run business & decided $20,000 was a bit steep for 2 hours,” Coniglio wrote.

Coniglio concluded his post by doubling down that DeVito and Stellato had reneged on a deal.

“We’re Italian too & don’t like when someone says one thing & does another” Coniglio wrote.

Stellato responded to Coniglio with a statement to Rovell that the two sides never had a signed contract.

“It’s a shame that the restaurant promoted that they would have Tommy when we didn’t have a signed contract,” Stellato saidper Rovell. “We didn’t raise the price because nothing was ever agreed to.”

Tommy DeVito reportedly showed up for free after a pizza shop's owner said that he and his agent reneged on an agreed-upon appearance fee. (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Tommy DeVito reportedly showed up for free after a pizza shop’s owner said that he and his agent reneged on an agreed-upon appearance fee. (Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Coniglio then responded to Stellato’s retort with his own statement to Rovell and a screenshot of a text message he says shows Stellato agreeing to the terms he referenced.

It was all a tremendous mess that threatened to spoil the goodwill of DeVito’s breakout from unknown, undrafted rookie to winning quarterback for the New York Giants.

In the end, DeVito got face time with fans and what looks like a tasty lunch with his reputation intact. And Coniglio got a lot more promotion than he bargained for at a steep discount. Everybody appears to have come out on top.

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