The long-running restaurant career of Sami Ladeki — of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza fame — is still as hot as his 800-degree wood-fired ovens. Ladeki on Tuesday was named “Restaurateur of the Year” by the California Restaurant Association and this month marks the 25th anniversary

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Welcome to Lifers, a feature in which Eater Vegas interviews the men and women who have worked in the restaurant and bar industry for the better part of their lives, sharing their stories and more. Sami Ladeki‘s route to owning 18 of his Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grills in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego came by…

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There’s a scene in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby—classic cinema to be sure—in which Frenchman Jean Girard asks patriotic intellectuals Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton, Jr. what the United States has given the world, “apart from George Bush, Cheerios and the Thighmaster?” Of course, they answer with cuisine: Chinese food, pizza and chimichangas. It’s…

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When Sami Ladeki opened his first restaurant, he didn’t even hire a chef. “I served items that didn’t require anyone with a lot of culinary knowledge,” Ladeki confesses. “The menu was made up of all really simple dishes, things that were easy to make.”

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MyDailyFind.com – May 8, 2012 – By Karen Young –  Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill is opening tomorrow, May 10, in Studio City at Laurel Canyon and Ventura Blvd in the old Louise’s location on the second floor of the corner strip mall that also houses the Daily Grill , Loteria Grill and Total Woman Gym (working out and eating…

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Pacific San Diego Magazine | May 2012 – A friend who suffers from Celiac disease, or gluten intolerance described an attack as “feeling like I ate ground glass.” Not nice.  Also not nice: no pizza, since crusts contain wheat flour, a no-no for riders on the Celiac Express. To the rescue: San Diego’s home grown…

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UTSanDiego.com – March 6th, 2012 – By Michelle Dederko  – Some choose a gluten-free lifestyle based on a personal preference, while others require it for health concerns. If you’re not familiar with this nemesis of many sufferers, gluten is the name for the storage protein found in grains. It shows up in pastas and breads…

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Pacific San Diego Magazine | Aug 2011 – Slices may be the name of the game at Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, but their aptly-named Messy Sundae is legendary. Served in a 22-ounce glass, the confection is a decadent eruption of caramel and chocolate syrups. The sticky-sweet, walnut-studded behemoth’s been on the menu since Sammy’s opened its…

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The skinny on tasty, lighter fare at Vegas’ best restaurants. Vegas Magazine | June 2011 Everyone loves pizza, but there’s no doubt all those carbs are an indulgence. Luckily, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza offers health-conscious crust options including thin, whole weat and gluten-free, as well as low-fat, vegan mozzarella so you can show down in good…

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