Founded in 1919 by World War I verteran Alfonso Orsi, Orsi's Bakery & Pizzeria
is one of the last remaining icons of Omaha's Little Italy. For decades their Italian Twist bread and hearty Sicilian style pizza has been a staple of Omaha.
For 40 years Alfonso and his family worked in the bakery, with the ovens as their sole source of heat, and grew into a vivid part of the neighborhood known as Little Italy.
In 1949, Alfonso retired and his son Claudio Orsi took over the bakery and ran it until 1987, when his son Robert "Bob" Orsi took ownership.
Ten years later, in 1997 a devastating fire gutted the bakery, and destroyed the livleyhood of the family. Neighbors rallied around the family helping to
clean up the rubble and raise funds so that several months later, the bakery was rebuilt in the same location.
When asked,"Why not build somewhere else?", Bob Orsi said, "Where was I gonna go? My customers know where to find me here." to the Omaha World Herald, "And they like coming back to the old neighborhood."
In 2006 Bob's son, Bob Orsi Jr. and Jim Hall along with their wives bought the bakery from Bob and continued the business
as well as remodeling the interior to feature an Italian Deli and Imported Goods areas to sell fine Italian products
that are hard to find in the city these days.
In 2010, Bob Orsi Jr, sold his share of the bakery and Jim Hall and his wife Kathy became the sole owners, continuing the 92 years of tradition that has become
a lasting icon of the Omaha area.
Orsi's Bakery & Pizzeria has been delighting people for almost a century and continues to be popular with a new generation that enjoys the
taste of history that Orsi's Bakery provides.