even though their new life in Iowa was filled with promise they often craved the crisp dough, savory tomato sauces and spicy sausages of their homeland. Fortunately for them and future generations of Iowans, they had committed to memory their family recipes and were able to authentically duplicate them in their adopted home. Little did Mama and Papa Pagliai know they, through the entrepreneurial energy of their children, would be responsible for introducing pizza to Central Iowa. In 1953 son Sam served the first Pagliai's pizzas to the crowd at his neighborhood bar in Ames. The round doughy "tomato tarts" were considered an exotic oddity, but it took little coaxing for patrons to dig in, enjoy and come back for more. Gradually, the word-of-mouth buzz brought increasing crowds and the bar soon gained restaurant status.