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Interview with founder of pizzeria featured on Breaking Bad

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Fans of Breaking Bad are sure to be in for a nail-biting series finale on Sunday night. The show is coming to an end after five seasons on AMC.

On some of the episodes, you might have noticed some familiar pizza boxes. The show featured pizzas cooked by a restaurant in New Mexico that has locations here in the valley.

It was one of the memorable scenes in the hit TV show Breaking Bad. Walter White tosses a pizza onto the roof of his home.

We spoke to the man who started the family-owned chain.

"We've been there for over 30 years 32 years, so everybody knows that name. it's amazing how many calls we get when they see it on TV, this Breaking Bad, we got so much business out of 'em," says Frank Montanile.

Frank Montanile first opened Venezia's Pizzeria in 1978 when he moved from New York to New Mexico. The crew of Breaking Bad first got in touch with him a few years back.

"They saw the 24-inch pizza that I started years ago that is our biggest seller. They loved that 24 inch pizza and they started using it on the show and all of a sudden they called me said that's going to air on such and such a date and our pizza was right there!"

The studio purchased 10 pizzas for that scene in season 3. The pizzas were cut up, like they typically are. But that wouldn't work.

"They wanted to do something without having them cut so they came back and bought 10 more pizzas without cutting and they used it in that next episode."

Walter White ends up throwing a whole pizza onto the roof. Venezia's Pizzas have been seen on the show at other times.

Montanile says his business has enjoyed a lot of name recognition.

"That made the name. Like we get calls from all over the world, Canada, places that see the name, the pizza, I've been to Philadelphia… they say the name of that pizza just amazing."

Montanile's son would eventually open locations across the valley.

"It's been really awesome thank God my son keeps going with this he's doing an awesome job."

Meantime, the city of Albuquerque is getting ready to say goodbye to breaking bad. The show takes place there.

Several watch parties and red carpet events are planned for Sunday. A number of business offer tours to locations that appeared on the show.

One shop even sells candy that looks like blue meth -- cooked up by Walter and Jesse.

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