A Pizza History


The "Pizza Joe" Dream

When Joe “Pizza Joe” Seminara opened the first Pizza Joe’s restaurant in 1980, he envisioned the business expanding into a chain of eateries bursting with flavor and community spirit.

The entrepreneur worked long hours in that 600-square-foot storefront in New Castle, PA, to make his dream come true.  Joe’s plan was simple – to offer his customers excellent service and the best food his hands could produce.

After a couple years of hard work, Joe’s dream began to come true as he opened additional shops throughout the greater New Castle area. One on Highland Ave, one in Bessemer and one in Shenango Township. Then the first Pizza Joe’s franchise opened in March 1985 in Ellwood City, PA, followed by many additional franchise operations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio in the years that followed.

Now approaching 45 years in business, Pizza Joe's is still committed to providing quality products and service to its customers and being part of each community where Pizza Joe's locations call home.


The Pizza Joe's Community

Of course, no business is successful without a supportive community. Joe made a commitment early on to share the restaurant’s success with others by supporting schools, clubs, sports teams and other nonprofits. It is a commitment that remains strong nearly 40 years later.


Today, Pizza Joe’s remains a family-owned business dedicated to serving great food, supporting the community, and offering franchise opportunities to help others achieve their dreams as Joe did.

Our Mission

Pizza Joe’s exists to provide exceptional pizza and eats that satisfy customers’ cravings. We do food that customers can feel good sharing around a table with the people most important in their lives.Our food exceeds expectation in quality and taste, which allows our business to grow, further supporting our employees, their families and our surrounding communities.

Our Core Values:





Pizza Joe's Passion

“Your loyalty is our greatest success. Thank you to every customer who chooses us time and time again!”

– Joe “Pizza Joe” Seminara