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
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ONCE UPON A BAR

There once was a guy named Joe Simek who lived in Medford, Wisconsin. He owned a bar called The Tombstone Tap (named after a local cemetery right across the street -- totally normal to name a bar after a cemetery, right? Right.) One night at the bar things got a little out of hand. Joe was doing a dance called the "Peppermint Twist", no, we don't expect you to know what that is. But let's just say he got a little too rowdy and broke his leg. Having to take a break from his dancing career, Joe started to make something great. And that's TOMBSTONE® Pizza. 

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 were packing frozen Tombstone pizzas in dry ice and deliverying in their 1959 Cadillac, bringing a new twist to the frozen pizza game. They brought the Full On Flavor in style.
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

TO THE SHELVES

The pizza was in high demand (no surprise there, it was delicious) so the Smieks opened up a big manufacturing facility. Large-scale manufacturing for large-scale flavor. Pizza production was on and grocery stores stocked up on Full On Flavor with TOMBSTONE® Pizza!
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

People love TOMBSTONE® Pizza so much they took it nationwide in '96. TOMBSTONE® joined Nestlé and continues to bring the originality and spirit of the Simeks' tavern style pizza in 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

That's us, TOMBSTONE® Pizza. We started in a bar and now we're here, hopefully in your freezer. Now it's time to unlock a Full On Flavor experience with a TOMBSTONE® Pizza!
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