How does a waitress keep things fresh after four years tending the same tables? For Annie Rice,
23, the answer’s simple: Treat work like play. “I feel like I’m going to hang out with friends,” she says of Biga Pizza’s clientele. “Everybody in Missoula is just really laid back and easy to get along with.” Annie’s the only waitress who’s been with Biga since the restaurant opened in May 2006, and she still hangs out there even in her off time (the staff’s more like family, she says). Part of the reason she’s always there is her great taste in cuisine. Just ask her what’s good and you’ll probably hear her recommend the mushroom and arugula pizza.
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Jeremy Rhodes (The Silk Road)