A Tasty Tale from 1962, four men stand outside a Tombstone Pizza truck
A Tasty Tale from 1962, four men stand outside a Tombstone Pizza truck
Tombstone Pizza

ONCE UPON A BAR

A guy walks into a bar (because he owns it) in the small town of Medford, Wisconsin. The guy? Joe Simek. The bar? The Tombstone Tap, named after the local cemetery right across the street. Crazy, right? Definitely. Anyway, one particularly rowdy night, Joe was dancing the night away doing the “Peppermint Twist” and wound up breaking his leg. One might say it was a simple twist of fate. So with extra time on his hands (and off his feet), Joe started experimenting with- yes- you guessed it, pizza recipes.

The Original Tombstone Tap 1962, Break A Leg, an old image of a snowy building with a record saying  "Let's Twist"
The Original Tombstone Tap 1962, Break A Leg, an old image of a snowy building with a record saying  "Let's Twist"

DELIVERY BY CADILLAC

The next thing you know, Joe and his brother Pep were packing frozen Tombstone pizzas in dry ice (who knew that was a thing?!), redefining the concept of frozen pizza - tasty crust, 100% real cheese, ample toppings, and zesty sauce, delivering the pizzas out of the trunk of their 1959 Cadillac. Before they could blink, the Tombstone Tap was a pizza making machine, with nine employees and even a shiny new refrigerated truck!
The Original Pizza Team, four chefs in a line preparing classic Tombstone pizza
The Original Pizza Team, four chefs in a line preparing classic Tombstone pizza

BRICK AND MORTAR. AND PEPPERONI.

With demand for their pizzas through the roof, the Simeks opened their first large-scale manufacturing facility. By this point, pizza production was in full swing, grocery stores were stocking their shelves, and hungry people everywhere were asking for that zesty TOMBSTONE® pizza taste!
Planting Roots, a postcard from Medford Wisconsin picturing Wisconsin's famous dairy cattle and a map of Wisconsin highlighting Medford, Wisconsin
Planting Roots, a postcard from Medford Wisconsin picturing Wisconsin's famous dairy cattle and a map of Wisconsin highlighting Medford, Wisconsin

A PIZZA LEGACY

How much do people love TOMBSTONE® pizza? So much so, they were finally able to go national in ‘96! Taking family pizza night to a whole new zesty level, Tombstone joined Nestlé, keeping the Simek brothers’ original tavern sensation alive. And, that tradition still lives on in each and every TOMBSTONE® pizza!!
Today the Deliciousness Continues! Written on top of a freshly baked Tombstone pizza with pepperoni, olives and peppers
Today the Deliciousness Continues! Written on top of a freshly baked Tombstone pizza with pepperoni, olives and peppers

Well, that’s all she wrote. Or he wrote. So grab a slice, do a little dance (preferably NOT the “Peppermint Twist”) and see where TOMBSTONE® takes you.
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