Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Many Faces of the Pizza House

Here's a real rogues gallery of pizza chef mascots from the early days of pizza in Lorain... and they all represented the same pizzeria: the Pizza House.
   The Pizza House has the honor of being the first pizzeria to run an ad in the Lorain Phone Book. The company was all alone in the book in 1955, with the chef mascot at the far left. For the next few years at least, they went with a different chef mascot. (From left to right, the chefs are from 1955, 1958, 1959 and 1961. 
   The Pizza House was located at 3113 Broadway. Rosie Brest of Rosie's Pizza Palace got her start at the Pizza House, working there from 1954-1958. She later moved her own business into the Pizza House's building and that's where her business is today. (She passed away in 2007.)
   There was also a Pizza House in Vermilion that opened when Rosie took over the 3113 Broadway location, so it might be the same business. And there was a Pizza House in Oberlin in the early 1960s as well.
   I guess there are only so many ways to describe a structure in which pizza is made -  and a 'house' sounds better than a 'hut'!

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