Rotary Person of the Year

  2012 Recipients

The Rotary Person of the Year Committee is pleased to announce that the 2012 award recipient is the management team of Palermo’s Pizza: Giacomo, Angelo and Laurie Falluca.


This rapidly growing business evolved from Palermo Villa, a family restaurant and bar on the corner of Murray & North Avenue, founded in 1969 by their parents, Jack and Zina Fallucca. The family moved into manufacturing frozen pizza in 1978 and subsequently sold the restaurant.


Palermo’s R&D Department has created over 400 recipes, and was among the first to develop frozen pizza with a rising crust. Other popular choices include their thin crust, ultra-thin crust, and flat bread pizzas. 


Sales exceed $200 million per year.  The company developed their operations in an attractive Italian Villa style building at 3800 West Canal Street, Menomonee River Valley.  They were one of the first companies to relocate to the Valley, and are quick to credit city officials for assisting them with land acquisition and the move.  Palermo’s is proud and happy to be part of the regional redevelopment and growth strategy.


After several additions, the facility currently totals 110,000 square feet with 430 employees at the site, many drawn from the nearby south side. Future plans include continuing to hire the best people available, create a business where people excel and can do their best, and deliver the best high quality products.


On a community basis the Palermo’s team participates in the Urban Ecology Center Project for the Menomonee River Valley and Menomonee Valley Business Association.


The Fallucca team proves once again that entrepreneurs reinvent themselves, grow the economy, and create jobs.