The ampersand stands for connection, as in a neighborhood-style pizza shop tying its business to the community through the use of local ingredients and support of local charities. &pizza received a $25 million cash infusion late last year from investment firm Avalt, which will help the chain expand to New York City, as well as increase its footprint in existing markets. The fast-casual pizza chain capitalizes on the build-your-own trend with customizable pizzas that are cooked in 600 degree ovens for 90 seconds. Last fall, &pizza opened its first unit with a bar. The &bar concept features beer, wine and three cocktails.