In 1923, Pete Piva, the great-grandfather of the current owners, left his small Italian village of Olgiasca on the northeast shore of Lake Como, where Italy meets the Swiss Alps, and came to Challis, Idaho to summer range herds of sheep. The stunning Sawtooth Mountain Range likely reminded him of home. Pete's son, Bruno Piva, is the namesake of the restaurant. When one of Bruno's grandkids couldn't pronounce his name, they began calling him Papa Brunee, and the nickname stuck. In 1998, Papa Brunee's Pizza and Subs was opened by Papa Brunee's son, Mike, with the secret pizza sauce recipe created by Aunt Ruby. Today, the restaurant remains a family operation with Papa Brunee's grandson Josh and his wife Inga at the helm. Keep an eye out for their young daughters - the next generation is already here!
Hey there! We're the family behind Papa Brunees, and we're all about creating a fun and welcoming atmosphere. Our restaurant is a place where you can kick back, relax, and enjoy some seriously delicious food made with the freshest ingredients. And since we're family owned and operated, you can expect a warm and friendly vibe every time you visit. So come on over, grab a bite, and let's have some fun together at Papa Brunees!
At Papa Brunees Pizza, we are committed to giving back to our community. We take pride in sponsoring events such as Stanley Winterfest and being an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce. We also offer pizza building classes to local schools and volunteer to manage the Stanley Ice Hockey Rink and Pond Hockey Tournament. For us, community is everything, and we are proud to be a part of making Stanley a great place to live and visit.
If you're interested in one of our open positions, start by applying here and attaching your resume.