Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant
126 West 2nd Street
Winona, MN 55987
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Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Our menu features award-winning pizzas, pastas, appetizers, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, soups and salads, broasted chicken, and desserts.
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Enjoy a variety of our award-winning pizzas, pastas, broasted chicken, tacos, fresh salad bar, garlic bread, desserts and more.
Monday - Saturday, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
As World War II soldiers returned home from Italy telling tales of their favorite food, the popularity of pizza in the U.S. grew. Sam Perrella, a former miner who owned a small café in Keewatin, picked up on this growing trend. Having connections in Chicago, Sam visited with some pizza makers and returned home with an idea that sparked and gave birth to what is now Sammy’s Pizza.
In October 1954, armed with enthusiasm and their own secret recipes, Sam and wife, Louise, opened the doors of the first Sammy's Pizza restaurant in Hibbing, MN. Today, some 64 years, 14 locations and more than 20 million pizzas later, Sammy's is now in its fourth generation of pizza makers, who all use Sam’s original recipes.
In 2015, PMQ Pizza Magazine, the pizza industry’s #1 magazine publication and website, inducted Sammy’s Pizza into its Pizza Hall of Fame — which pays tribute to popular pizzerias in business for 50 years or longer and that are recognized as pillars in their community. In 2018, Sammy's was voted as 'Best Pizza in Minnesota' in Minnesota Monthly Magazine's first annual 'Pizza Bracket Challenge'.
Sammy’s Pizza has been a Winona tradition since 1957. That’s when Nick Perrella, Sr. opened a restaurant featuring the authentic Italian pizza created by his cousin, Sam Perrella. Nick Sr. was known for working seven days a week, yet always finding time to attend his son’s sporting events. That son, Nick Perrella, Jr., grew up at the restaurant, working part time while in junior high school, and even more as he grew older. He eventually took over the family business in the 1980s, still drawing on the support of his father and extended family.
Just how loyal are the customers at Sammy’s Pizza Winona? One couple, while house hunting, brought their realtor to the restaurant to make sure the house they were considering buying was part of Sammy’s delivery area. When they learned it wasn’t, they decided not to buy the house. On the spot, Nick expanded his delivery service to accommodate the couple. Fifteen years later, that couple still happily lives in their dream home, and happily orders two Sammy’s pizzas every week.
Take a look around our site, and you'll soon find that we make so much more than great pizza – we make works of art inspiring traditions with family and friends, as well as in the community.
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