Toppers Pizza

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Toppers Pizza; (Left to right) Ben Boncher, GM, Bay View; Erik Palzewicz, GM, Milwaukee East Side; Tina Szejna, GM, Fox Point; Photo by Linda Smallpage, Boutique Photographer

Headquartered in Whitewater, this pizza company strives to be different – in both its toppings and culture. Targeting college towns and late-night pizza lovers by staying open until the wee hours of midnight to 3 a.m., Toppers prides itself on its selection of toppings, including buffalo chicken, mac ’n’ cheese, tater tots, bacon, Wisconsin cheese curds and the gluten-free cauliflower crust. The company has over 70 locations, 14 of which are in the Milwaukee area.

“Milwaukee is our largest market,” says marketing manager Simona Ebner, “and we’re Wisconsin’s largest pizza company.” The company is invested in building a strong culture for its team members here. Many corporate-office employees began their careers as delivery drivers and took advantage of Toppers’ leadership and training programs.

“Scott Gittrich, our founder, set up Toppers Pizza to be an alternative to the big-box places,” Ebner says. “We’re just a little more fun.”