Sam Badis purchased Jim Sano’s Pizza in 1964 and the restaurant has been in his family ever since. Now called The Saucy Noodle Ristorante and operated by his granddaughter, Erin, the restaurant still operates under the same motto that Sam started: “If you don’t like garlic… go home!”
Here is what Erin had to say about Sam.
“There is so much to say about him. He was the greatest; he was honestly the most generous human being. He had his rules and his way of doing things, but he loved his staff and would do anything for them.
He loved and respected human beings more than anyone I have every met in my entire life. He didn’t care what your race or color was – and that was during a time where prejudice was prevalent and it was rare to be as accepting as Sam. He would give a bed to anyone. If you were homeless, he would give you work and a meal for the night. And as crotchety as he could be, people would always say in the same sentence, ‘God, I loved him.’
He raised us. We lived with him growing up so he used to take me to the restaurant when I was little. I would fall asleep behind his desk and he would put his coat over me. I would sit on his lap when he played piano. And I think I love the restaurant so much because it reminds me of him.”