Our History

Vintage Black and White photograph of family standing behind the bar at Home Run inn's tavern

Mary and Vincent Grittani Open the Original Tavern on South Side of Chicago

Mary and Nick Perrino's wedding picture.

Laura Grittani and Nick Perrino get Married

vintage interior and exterior of original home run inn restaurant

From a South Side Tavern to Home Run Inn Pizza

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After returning from war, Nick Perrino goes into business with his mother-in-law Mary – together they create the pizza recipe as we know it today. The duo serve pizza as a snack for customers while they enjoy a cold brew. When a home run from a nearby baseball game is hit through the tavern’s window, they decide to rename the tavern Home Run Inn.

vintage home run inn pizza boxes

A Pioneer in Frozen Pizza

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After a long-time Wisconsin customer requested par-baked pizzas to bring home to his ice box, Home Run Inn began to freeze par-baked pizzas and sell them to local grocery stores.
Vintage Black an White Picture of Home Run Inn Family standing on the site of Woodridge Plant before it was built

The Second Pizzeria Opens in Darien, IL

Home Run Inn Opens it’s First USDA Plant Behind the Original Restaurant

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As the popularity of frozen pizza begins to take off, Home Run Inn invests in its first USDA Plant.

Woodridge Plant

The Second USDA Plant Opens in Woodridge, IL

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The USDA plant is 60,000 square feet and runs two lines of frozen pizza to keep up with the growing demand.

Powerplay Truck on the road

A Partnership with Power Play Distributors

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Home Run Inn partners with Power Play Distributors to start direct store delivery throughout Midwest.

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Home Run Inn Opens Six More Restaurants

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The Chicagoland area locations include: Hillside, Melrose Park, Bolingbrook, Berwyn, Garfield Ridge, and Beverly.

Midway Airport Home Run Inn Restaurant Ribbon Cutting

Home Run Inn Opens the First Airport Location Inside Chicago’s Midway Airport

Black and White Picture of Joe Perrino

Joe Perrino, CEO Passes Away

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Born in 1953 and raised in a house attached to the original tavern with his parents Laura and Nick Perrino, Joe Perrino knew pizza inside and out.  After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in business from Lewis University, Joe was set on becoming a dentist having worked in his family’s pizza tavern his whole life.  However, his entrepreneurial spirit took over when his father considered selling the business.  Joe continued to work for his family business becoming CEO at 37 years old after losing his father.  He proudly took Home Run Inn frozen pizza from an idea to a national brand.  His core values of Family, Pride, Grit and Courage remain at the center of the Home Run Inn family, and his legacy will live on for generations to come.

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Home Run Inn Re-Opens it’s Original Location

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After 3 years of renovations, Home Run Inn re-opens the original 1920’s tavern.

exterior of bronzeville location

The Ninth Pizzeria Opens in the Bronzeville Neighborhood

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The first Home Run Inn restaurant to include a self pour beer and wine wall is opened.

Wrigley Field Sign

A Partnership with the
Chicago Cubs

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Home Run Inn opens 2 branded locations in the Wrigley Field ballpark.

Home Run Inn Family members

Fourth Generation Family Members Continue the Legacy

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Together they are passionate on continuing to build their family legacy using the same values their great-grandparents instilled in them and giving back to the communities they serve.

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