If there is one good thing a Staten Island family fight over an ice cream business is good for, it is bad puns in the Post, who got the scoop on the story. Piazza’s Ice Cream & Ice House owners Salvatore and Patricia Piazza are being sued by Salvatore's son Nicholas, because he says they were Haagen those overtime checks. And it looks like it will take a judge to melt this ice.
According to the Post, the Piazzas are facing a "rocky road" after Nicholas was "frozen out" of the family business and made things legal. The 29-year-old has sued his parents in federal court saying "because the ice-cream business is seasonal, he often was required to work as many as 80 hours at Piazza’s Ice Cream & Ice House. But he claims he earned only $10 an hour at the ice-cream distribution firm." His father and step-mother, however, say the suit is nothing but "an icy dagger to their hearts."
According to the Piazzas, Nicholas only sued after they sued him earlier in the year, because he started a rival business behind their backs. He denies those allegations, saying he only started his company after he was fired—for complaining that he hadn't been paid for his long hours. "I broke my back for this business, building it up," he told the tabloid.
The fight is definitely going to court though, as Salvatore says of his son: "He’s trying to scare me. And it’s not going to work." Those Piazzas, always living up to their code of ethics to "be brave enough to live our values even when we are confronted by those who don't."