Our Story

How It All began

Michele's Italian, New Jersey Roots

Who doesn’t love pizza? Pizza has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Not just any pizza, though. Having grown up in New Jersey in a large Italian family, food was always the center of our home. It was how we loved those who meant the world to us. 

 

If we had a family celebration, the table was always full of lots of delicious food and a lot of happy, smiling faces. In fact, my father, Anthony Salerno who was a baker by trade, had an annual event where he would make pizza all day long for us seven kids. To this day, that day is one of the best memories I have of my father who passed away in 1981 of cancer.

 

So, not only did I have the privilege of experiencing what I consider to be some of the best pizza on the planet, but I now have the privilege of sharing this pizza with a group of people who probably haven’t grown up around New York (New Jersey) Style Pizza.  

 

Let me go back in time just a bit in order to bring you to present day. At the age of 18, I moved to Oklahoma from New Jersey with my first husband. Talk about an adjustment period. Finding New York Style Pizza was impossible when I moved there in 1980. My heart was broken. 

 

I began making my own pizza dough and was determined that I was going to have pizza the way I liked it. Taking matters into my own hands did not produce the product I wanted at the time, but it was sure better than what was out there.

 

Then, finally I discovered Mario’s Pizza in Tulsa, Oklahoma. What a glorious day! Mario was a true Italian from the Bronx, New York. I will never forget that feeling of home all over again. All those memories of what family and good food was all about came back with one bite. 

 

Louie's Pizza Today

Fast forward to present day. I met my husband, Louis (the reason for our name, Louie’s Pizza and the reason that we get to share this great pizza with you) online back in 2006 while I was living in Connecticut.

 

Louis moved up to Connecticut from the Many, Louisiana area after we were married and was able to experience New York Style Pizza for the first time. He fell in love with it! I had been making pizza at home for about 25 years at that point and had been really working on improving it.

 

In 2013, Louis and I moved back to the Many area, and with us came the desire to bring the great taste of New York Style Pizza to our family and friends in Many. As we began to host pizza parties at our home, the desire to share this special pizza we love with you was birthed.

 

Our hope is that you too will begin to experience what we are talking about—-great-tasting pizza like you have never experienced before. Hopefully, you too will begin to share it with the people who mean the world to you and create your own memories gathered around the table.

Thank you for letting me share our story and our love for pizza on behalf of Louis and I! We look forward to meeting each and every one of you!

 

Michele Salerno-Smith

Michele's Mom and Dad, Anthony & Mary Salerno on their wedding day

Michele's Gramma Rosa Salerno (right) & Her Aunt Mary (left) - A lot of the Italian family recipes began with Gramma Rosa, who immigrated from Sicily, Italy 

Louis (aka, Louie) and Michele

Michele's Dad, Anthony Salerno

Memories of making pizza

began with him!

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