Locally owned and family run since 1934, Congress Pizza has made a name for itself in the Upper Peninsula as a bar, restaurant and meeting area. Originally founded by an Italian immigrant named Louie Bonetti, this spot was named after the 21st amendment: the Repeal of Prohibition. As a proud liquor license owner, Bonetti could not help but give tribute to the U.S. Congress.
Over the last eighty years this well-known restaurant has gone through some changes and has added many things, such as the collection of old time pictures of Ishpeming and the Bonetti family. It was not until 2011 that the last Bonetti member (Paul) decided to retire and put business in the hands of Mike Koski— business has not changed since then.
The menu is simple: pizza, pizza, pizza, and a cudighi sandwich. And it’s budget friendly prices! You can get a large pizza (14 inches) for ten dollars, with any number of toppings from pepper to anchovies to homemade cudighi. Also on the menu are pesto pizza, BBQ chicken pizza, and pizza fries. And have no fear, all you gluten intolerant folks out there! Gluten free pizza is also available.
My experience at Congress Pizza
Although I would not consider myself a pizza connoisseur, I do enjoy a good pizza. I have been here a handful of times and every time I come in the place is busy and the wait staff is extremely friendly. This last time I visited I decided to try something different: the cudighi pizza. Talk about a true Yooper pizza! It was delicious. You can taste the fresh veggies and the homemade cudighi sausage was full of flavor.
The large pizza fed three adults, but if you are super hungry I would recommend getting two. You will not be disappointed. Also, if you are looking for a side to add, I would recommend getting an order of ‘pizza fries’. This is a form of cheese pizza that is to die for!
Bottom Line: As a locally famous pizza joint you might not be expecting much, but Congress Pizza is famous for a reason: tasty food in an enjoyable environment.
Other Things to Note: Congress Pizza does not open until 4pm, and closes at midnight (Sunday-Thursday) and 2am (Friday-Saturday).
106 N. Main St.
Ishpeming, MI 49849