11 a.m.-10 p.m.
11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Brick oven-baked pizzas, pastas, sandwiches, Broasted Chicken, soups and salads.
Available daily: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. features pizzas, pastas, chicken wings, garlic bread, soups and salad bar.
Greetings from Jeff, Joe, and Louisa (Perrella) Brooks, the grandkids of Minnesota's famous pizza guy, Sammy Perrella.
Our grandparents, Sam & Louise Perrella opened the first Sammy's Pizza in Hibbing, MN in 1954. With some old family recipes and a few of their own, they brought delicious homemade Italian cooking to northern Minnesota. Some of the recipes date back many generations, back to Capestrano, Italy, where our ancestors were the finest cooks around. One of our favorites is great grandma G's gnocchi. She used to make them for us when we were younger. We still use her recipe. Everyone knew her as grandma G. That was easier to say than grandma Giansanti. Her wedding picture from 1922 hangs in our restaurant.
When our grandparents first started, most people in northern Minnesota didn't even know what a pizza was! Their small cafe in Hibbing eventually grew to the 17 locations (& growing) that are still around today. Sammy Perrella's has become the first choice for authentic Italian cooking for generations of families. One of the reasons we are still strong is because we try and do everything the way our grandma & grandpa did things. We use the same recipes and we use the same care that has made our family proud for over 50 years.
We all got started in the family business at a young age. We were always around it and there were always small jobs that needed to be done. When we were old enough to finally be official employees, we spent many long nights doing dishes. Once we mastered the fine art of washing dishes, we finally moved up to cooking, making pizzas, delivering, waiting tables, and eventually managing. We got our all our experience at the original store in Hibbing, which was eventually passed on to our mom & dad.
Our roles as owners began in Coon Rapids in 2004. After years of planning and location searching, and tons of help from our parents, our dream finally became a reality. We’ve never felt so many emotions at one time. Anxious, excitement, scared, happy, exhausted, and oh yeah...nervous. We were so proud the first time my grandma came to our new restaurant. We don't think that her and grandpa thought that their little shop would go this far and change so many lives. It sure changed ours. Things have gone real well in our first restaurant. We met lots of great people, have some excellent customers, and have talked to many people that share their "Sammy's story" with us. Over the last 50 years, many people have fallen in love with our grandparents' pizza & spaghetti. In 2006, we were fortunate enough to open our second location in Brooklyn Park. What a great area! It's just as exciting as the first time.
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