X Factor winner Melanie Amaro stops by Sunrise eatery to try pizza named after her

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"X Factor" winner Melanie Amaro kept her word.

When she heard Sunrise restaurant owner Joey Scuotto had named a pizza after her, she promised to stop by and order the dish next time she was home.

As promised, the hometown girl showed up at Scuotto's Pizza & Pasta on Saturday with her family, surprising diners who recognized her.

Amaro, 19, has been barraged with media attention after winning "X Factor" and a $5 million recording contract on Dec. 22.

But on New Year's Eve, here she was in Sunrise, ready to chow down on a pizza with her favorite toppings: pepperoni, bacon and mushroom. And to top it off, the pizza bears her name.

"It's crazy," said Amaro, camera bulbs flashing around her. "I never thought I'd have a pizza named after me. It's an honor. I love pizza."

Her father, Hipolito Amaro, said he was pleasantly surprised when Scuotto, a Sunrise commissioner, told him he was going to add the "Melanie Amaro Pizza" to the menu.

"I thought that was off the chain," he said. "I can't believe they named a pizza after my daughter. It just blew my mind."

Fort Lauderdale resident Kelli James said she just happened to be at Scuotto's with friends, when Amaro & Company walked in the door.

"Melanie! I am so proud of you!" she told Amaro as several people stepped up to get photos with the "X Factor" star.

James, 58, had a few words of advice for the recently anointed "X Factor" winner.

"Melanie, whatever happens, don't forget where you came from," she told Amaro, who nodded and smiled sweetly.

James said she became a quick fan after watching Amaro perform on Simon Cowell's show.

"I knew she was going to win from the beginning," James said. "I felt it."

Evelyne Rosen said she "got hooked" on the show — and Amaro — early on, too.

"She does have a heavenly voice," Rosen said. "She does. I think she's in the Mariah Carey realm."

Her husband, Sunrise Commissioner Don Rosen, added: "She's got a great voice. And as Simon's protégé, I can see he picked the one with the best shot at winning."

Sunrise resident Lou Vera had the inside scoop that Amaro might stop by Scuotto's on Saturday. So he and his wife joined the Amaros at a table in the back.

Vera said he started a fan club for Amaro on Facebook soon after her Miami audition. At first he was the only member, he said, but the site now has 150 members and growing.

"After she won, fan clubs started forming around the world," he said.

But enough about stardom. What about the pizza?

"It's really good," Melanie said, reaching for a second slice.

"Let me try a piece," said a family friend at the table.

Where to next?

Amaro said she planned to spend New Year's Eve with her family visiting relatives.

And then, she said, it's off to New York for "more press."


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Joelle-Sounds like Melanie is on her way, X Factor win, pizza named after her, the media blitz is just beginning. 



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