I checked a box off my 2018 pizza-goal list and tried Sammy’s pizza in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Sammy’s was recommended to me last summer as the contending hole-in-the-wall dynasty to the Cranky Pat’s Pizzeria locations in the Fox Valley area. At Sammy’s I not only found the undeniable champion, but also the closest comparison I’ve ever had to my beloved Gus’ Pizza Palace in Whitewater.
I also came to the realization that there is no limit to the amount of great pizza to be discovered in this world. If there was another place as good as Gus’, there could be 5 or 10 or 100’s out there to be uncovered. The endless amount of amazing pizza yet to be found has me inspired.
The Grease Factor of Gus’ pizza in Green Bay.
Right down the way from the legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. sits a pizza establishment that has earned my allegiance almost as much as the Pack-Attack. Sammy’s thin crust excellence deserves to reside by such a renown institution. When it comes to midwestern tavern cut, Sammy’s may be the very best I’ve had besides Gus’, and for me that is a bold statement.
Sammy’s delivers the Gus’ grease factor. Actually they share many similarities; from the delightful pools of grease, to a hand-pinched crust and a thin square cut, Gus’ and Sammy’s seem like long lost brothers that were stripped away at birth. They uniquely share many of the same simple components that for me make the perfect pizza.
Embrace the grease.
Our waiter at Sammy’s revealed that the trick behind their consistent greasy awesomeness is in using sliced mozzarella cheese instead of shredded. Gus’ uses the same technique and what transpires from the melting of the sliced cheese in a super hot deck pizza oven is decadent pools of scrumptious grease that form on the surface of the cheese.
There is something magical about a greasy, cheesy bite, when the sauce and grease mix into a perfect concoction and meld together as you take a bite. Their hand pinched sausage is also dynamite. The only downside to Sammy’s is that I can’t eat it more often.
There’s plenty of great pizzas out there.
Though it saddens me I can’t eat Sammy’s everyday, I realize how fortunate we are to live in a world that has such an abundant amount of pizza. It’s fitting that another goal of mine in 2018 is to live with an abundance mindset.
An abundance mindset was defined by Stephen Covey as ”a concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and successes to share with others.” By looking at the world as being filled with potential, we move from living in the fear of not having enough and open up to abundance.
Adopting an abundance mindset.
- Avoid a scarcity mindset. The opposite of an abundance mindset is a scarcity mindset and is rooted in the fear that there is not enough. Covey explains “People with a scarcity mentality think there is only so much in the world to go around. It’s as if they see life as a pie. When another gets a big piece, then they get less.”
- Imagine the possibilities. It’s said there are over 61,000 pizzerias in the United States alone. Think of all those great pies just waiting to be tried!
- Live with appreciation. If we view each moment as a gift and give thanks we open up and invite all the good that surrounds us. Covey says “When people are genuinely happy with the successes of others, the pie gets bigger.”
What pizza taught me:
By embracing an abundance mindset we open ourselves to life’s plentiful opportunities as we’re not limited by the fear of scarcity. I will live in peace knowing there is more than enough great pie to go around.
What I’m eating: Sammy’s Pizzeria Green Bay, WI. Cheese pizza and half sausage half green olive and pepperoni.
What I’m reading: Judgement Detox Gabrielle Bernstein