It was the late 1950’s, an entrepreneur Orville Kositzke had just experienced his first taste of authentic Chicago-made pizza. It changed him, and it changed history.
Orv took that encounter home to his native Appleton, WI, and soon enlisted his brother Clarence “Curly” Kositzke to help him experiment with different pizza recipes. Family and friends simply couldn’t get enough of Kositzke’s pizza, raving about the bold blends of herbs and spices and the unique thin sheeted crust. Encouraged by their reactions and suggestions that he could sell his pizza publicly, Orv started a small take-and-bake shop on Richmond Street in Appleton. Orv’s Pizza opened its doors in 1963 and the delightful tradition of this fine pizza is still carried on over 40 appetizing years later.
While the small storefront is a fond memory, it paved the way for Orv’s ever-increasing brand presence that reaches well beyond its original Appleton market. In 1996, Orv’s built a new facility in Kaukauna, WI and a direct store delivery program was established to meet the demand for Orv’s Pizza. Today, the famous fleet of red delivery trucks can be spotted throughout the northern Midwest bringing Orv’s Pizza and other innovative Orv’s products to your favorite grocer’s freezer.
Times may have changed but not the quality, taste and proud tradition of a brand started with family and friends. Bring the good times home with Orv’s Pizza and make some memories of your own.