Our family tradition began more than 65 years ago with Sam Perrella – or as we like to call him, Grandpa Sam.
Our grandparents, Sam and Louise Perrella, owned a small café on the Iron Range in Keewatin, WI. It was during the early 1950s that Sam would listen to stories from World War II veterans about favorite foods they had discovered while serving in Italy. One of those favorites was pizza – something few people on the Iron Range knew anything about at the time. Sam decided he wanted to learn more so he traveled to Chicago to visit some pizzerias, and it was there where he picked up the idea for square cut pieces. The Perrellas combined some traditional family recipes with their own special touches to create their own pizzas.
In 1954, after some encouragement from customers who knew they were on to something big, the Perrellas moved their café to Hibbing, MN and Sammy’s Pizza was born. Over the years, Sam invited family members into the business, and more and more Sammy’s locations opened.
Now in its fourth generation of pizza artisans across 15 locations, the Sammy’s family continues to uphold Grandpa Sam’s dream. The tastes and traditions of Sammy’s Pizza have gained a cult-like following, as devoted Sammy’s lovers have developed their own traditions around the pizza and the restaurants.
In 2015, PMQ Pizza Magazine, the pizza industry’s No. 1 publication, inducted Sammy’s into its Pizza Hall of Fame — which pays tribute to popular pizzerias in business for 50 years or longer. In 2018, Sammy's was also voted 'Best Pizza in Minnesota' in Minnesota Monthly Magazine's Pizza Bracket Challenge.
Sammy’s Pizza at 1908 Tower Avenue in Superior, WI, is one of the newest Sammy’s Pizza locations – but one that also carries a lot of tradition. The location is owned and operated by Jim Acheson, grandson of Sam Perrella, who also owned and operated Sammy’s Pizza in Lakeside for more than 40 years.
When you visit, our hope is that you’ll realize Sammy’s makes much more than great pizza – we make works of art inspiring traditions with family and friends, as well as in our local community.
Thank you for making Sammy’s a part of your family tradition. We look forward to your next visit!