Pizzerias & Pizzaioli

Venice Pizza House

After Sicily native Salvatore “Sam” LoMedico emigrated to Detroit in 1939, he worked in the restaurant/bar biz with his brother—and knew immediately that he wanted to open his own place. Finally, after starting a family, serving in the military and migrating to sunny San Diego, he realized his dream in … More

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Connie's Pizza

On June 1, 1963, Jim Stolfe purchased a little food stand from Connie DeGrazia on Chicago’s South Side. He left the Connie’s name on the storefront and started serving up pizza from a dough recipe he developed, incorporating techniques learned from his grandmother and a local neighborhood baker. In less … More

Pizzerias & Pizzaioli

Nicolosi's Italian Restaurant

In 1952, after operating a bakery in Massachusetts in the ’40s, Sicilian emigrant Salvatore Nicolosi brought his family to Southern California and opened Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant (nicolosis.com) in San Diego, serving Old-World recipes handed down in his family. In 1958, only four years after moving his operation to a converted … More

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Time Capsule – L&B Spumoni Gardens

Ludivico Barbati, who had emigrated from Italy in 1917, learned from a local baker how to make spumoni and Italian ices in a garage in 1938. At first, he sold his products in a horse-driven wagon up and down the streets of the neighborhood, but by 1939 he had purchased … More