A slice with stardom: Harrison Ford dines at Antonio’s in Amherst on Tuesday

  • Actor Harrison Ford poses for a photo with Jay Carreiro, general manager of Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice on North Pleasant Street in Amherst, at lunchtime Tuesday. FACEBOOK

Staff Writer
Published: 6/26/2018 5:49:49 PM

AMHERST — When an actor known for his famous movie characters such as Han Solo and Indiana Jones decides to dine at your restaurant, his presence alone will bring buzz to your establishment.

That’s what happened late Tuesday morning, when “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” star Harrison Ford, his actress wife Calista Flockhart, who has her own fame from the television series “Ally McBeal,” and their son Liam made Antonio’s Pizza by the Slice on North Pleasant Street their lunch spot.

Jay Carreiro, general manager of Antonio’s, said he had heard Monday that Ford might be in town, staying at the Lord Jeffery Inn, and thought it might be cool if the Hollywood icon decided to try Antonio’s.

“Around 11 a.m. he popped into the store,” Carreiro said. “We tried not to make a scene about it.”

“I took his order like a normal person,” Carreiro added. “They all had slices.”

He said other customers were aware that they were in the presence of celebrities, but gave the family space to eat in peace and not accost them.

“Everyone was pretty subtle about it,” Carreiro said.

Ford finished his meal first and prepared to leave.

“When he got up when he was finished I then asked for a picture with him,” Carreiro said, recalling that Ford didn’t take kindly to being accosted by Sacha Baron Cohen in the movie “Bruno.”

But he had nothing to worry about. “He was very nice about it,” Carreiro said.

Amherst resident Alex Kent was among those in the restaurant at the time, speculating that the family might be in town so their teenage son could participate in a local tennis camp.

“There he was in the flesh with Calista Flockhart and their son,” Kent said.

Carreiro said celebrities have previously eaten at the Amherst location, but most are related to sports, such as former University of Massachusetts basketball player and NBA veteran Marcus Camby, former UMass football player and NFL veteran Victor Cruz and former Amherst High School football player and NFL veteran James Ihedigbo.

At the Providence, Rhode Island, Antonio’s, Carreiro recalls serving actress Emma Watson, who played Hermione in the Harry Potter movies, and was at the time attending Brown University.

Carreiro said he isn’t sure a more prominent celebrity could ever eat at Antonio’s.

“It doesn’t get much bigger, unless Michael Jackson comes back from the dead,” Carreiro said.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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