Pizza Business Owner Marking Anniversary, Aiming Toward Future

Anniversaries are a time to reflect on the past, however, for Sami Ladeki, owner of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, he’s already thinking about the future.

Next month, the restaurant chain celebrates 25 years in business with more than 20 locations throughout California and Southern Nevada, including McCarran and Los Angeles airports.

“I’m not a trained chef; I’m just someone who knows and likes food,” Ladeki said. “Pizza is simple and easy to make and I didn’t need the expertise of an executive chef when I first opened. Now I have a team of chefs in my company and I’m satisfied to have lasted 25 years and I hope to last 25 more years.”

The menu, according to Richard Stephan, general manager of the Henderson-based Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, sets the restaurant apart.

“I stand behind the food, it’s fresh and I’m proud of the product I’m delivering,” he said. “Our menu isn’t just pizza; we have tacos, burgers, pasta and salads. It’s not your typical pizza place.”

Bob Cushman, secretary for Las Vegas-based SCORE, a nationwide nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs, said the key element to a restaurant’s success is the ability to plan.

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