Buddy’s Pizza: A 70 Year Legacy

June 6, 2016  |   Story by Wes Pikula  

Hired as a dishwasher in 1975 and climbing the ladder to my current position as vice president of operations, my career has shown me that Buddy’s is truly a special company, as well as one of metro Detroit’s most iconic businesses. Buddy’s Pizza has an unprecedented commitment to Detroit and the surrounding area that dates back to 1946 when Concietta “Connie” Piccinato and Gus Guerra baked the world’s first Detroit-style square pizza at the corner of Six Mile and Conant.
What an experience it must have been to work at Buddy’s during its earliest days. Six Mile and Conant was at the center of Detroit’s cultural hub, and while not every business there survived over the long haul, Buddy’s Pizza thrived because of its exceptional quality, its commitment to excellent customer service and the wonderful people both inside the organization and visiting the restaurants.

Growing Up Buddy’s, Together

My story of growing up Buddy’s may not be exactly like yours, but as we celebrate our 70th birthday we know many metro Detroiters have their own stories of growing up Buddy’s ““ and we want to hear them!
The Growing Up Buddy’s campaign, which kicked off June 1, is a chance for our customers to submit their own photos and memories related to our family-owned restaurant ““ and it’s easy. Anyone who wants to share can use a simple form on our website.
What are your Buddy’s memories? Maybe you’re involved with one of the many organizations we’ve supported, such as the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes, the Karmanos Cancer Institute, the College for Creative Studies, the Catholic Youth League, The Henry Ford, The Parade Company, The Detroit Zoo, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Motown Museum, the Alliance for the Great Lakes or the Michigan Humane Society.

A True Institution

Maybe you’ve enjoyed a game of bocce ball at the original Buddy’s on the corner of Six Mile and Conant, where the original spirit of Buddy’s is more alive than ever. Maybe you’ve joined in celebrating Buddy’s Pizza Day, which we’re proud to say is every June 23 since being declared by the City of Detroit in 2011. Maybe you saw the coverage we received from CBS This Morning and USA Today, who helped us tell the nation about the origins of Detroit-style square pizza!
Or maybe you just visited one of our 11 area locations and couldn’t forget the experience of enjoying that wonderful slice of pie. We’re proud of the legacy we’ve created as the home of the original Detroit-style square pizza, and year after year we are pleased to be drawing locals, out-of-town visitors and Motor City transplants back home to the where a legend was born ““ Buddy’s Pizza.
It’s been quite a 70-year ride, and it’s been a privilege to be part of it. How about you?
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