Our Family Tradition
Some would say it all started more than 69 years ago in a small, rural town on Minnesota’s Iron Range. But those of us who knew Grandpa Sam say it all started with a hope and a dream.
In the early 1950s, few people in northern Minnesota even knew what pizza was. But when Sam Perrella, owner of a small café in Keewatin, heard stories from World War II veterans about favorite foods they’d discovered while serving in Italy, he decided to investigate. He spent a short time in Chicago (where he picked up on the idea of square cut slices), then – working with his wife Louise – they combined some traditional family recipes with their own special touches.
Sam moved his small café to the larger, neighboring town of Hibbing in 1954, and Sammy’s Pizza was born.