In 1970, Mike Amidzich purchased a small carry-out pizza restaurant that he soon renamed Pizza Man and set off to satisfy the munchies of Milwaukee’s hippy-dippy East Side. Proud to fill the niche by offering pizza delivery service until 4 am, he also gave his unsuspecting customers a free quart of Pepsi with every order to wash down the pizza and quench the cottonmouths of his growing fan base. Soon, word spread of Pizza Man’s incredible pizza, the free quart of Pepsi and late night delivery and business exploded!

Pizza Man To Go Window

Over time Mike integrated his love for Napa Valley wine into the fabric of the restaurant, eventually curating one of the largest domestic wine lists in the Midwest. He even went so far as to offer every single bottle on his list, which at one point featured over 600 different selections, by the glass! In 1989 Pizza Man won its first Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and has continued to receive this prestigious recognition every year since.

 

To Milwaukee’s horror, on January 18th, 2010, Pizza Man burned to the ground in a tragic fire. In 2012, a small group of Pizza Man fanatics convinced Mike the business that had captured Milwaukeean’s hearts (and stomachs) over the previous 40 years needed to be reborn and our East Side location was built on the corner of Downer and Belleview. Designed by Rinka Chung Architects, the striking building features cozy elements reminiscent of the original location, reclaimed Wisconsin barn wood, a striking and whimsical wine bottle chandelier, and a modern open, airy feel with the addition of a one-of-a-kind second-floor patio experience.

 

Today, Pizza Man has three locations in southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and Oak Creek), and, while Mike is no longer with us, his legacy lives on through our restaurants and in the hearts and memories of the generations of Pizza Man fanatics.

 

Pizza Man To Go Window

In 1970, Mike Amidzich purchased a small carry-out pizza restaurant that he soon renamed Pizza Man and set off to satisfy the munchies of Milwaukee’s hippy-dippy East Side. Proud to fill the niche by offering pizza delivery service until 4 am, he also gave his unsuspecting customers a free quart of Pepsi with every order to wash down the pizza and quench the cottonmouths of his growing fan base. Soon, word spread of Pizza Man’s incredible pizza, the free quart of Pepsi and late night delivery and business exploded!

 

Over time Mike integrated his love for Napa Valley wine into the fabric of the restaurant, eventually curating one of the largest domestic wine lists in the Midwest. He even went so far as to offer every single bottle on his list, which at one point featured over 600 different selections, by the glass! In 1989 Pizza Man won its first Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and has continued to receive this prestigious recognition every year since.

 

To Milwaukee’s horror, on January 18th, 2010, Pizza Man burned to the ground in a tragic fire. In 2012, a small group of Pizza Man fanatics convinced Mike the business that had captured Milwaukeean’s hearts (and stomachs) over the previous 40 years needed to be reborn and our East Side location was built on the corner of Downer and Belleview. Designed by Rinka Chung Architects, the striking building features cozy elements reminiscent of the original location, reclaimed Wisconsin barn wood, a striking and whimsical wine bottle chandelier, and a modern open, airy feel with the addition of a one-of-a-kind second-floor patio experience.

 

Today, Pizza Man has three locations in southeastern Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and Oak Creek), and, while Mike is no longer with us, his legacy lives on through our restaurants and in the hearts and memories of the generations of Pizza Man fanatics.

 

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The All-New Pizza Man