For over a century The Rizzuto family has been making their Italian sausage from the same recipe stemming from the Sicilian Village of Caltabellotta. In 1983 Carl Rizzuto Jr. test marketed the product at local art fairs, and outdoor events in Kalamazoo Michigan. Watching the faces of the patrons as they bit into the sandwich, Rizzuto knew it was time. In 1984 on a $5,000 loan Papa's Italian Sausage was opened in a small take out location in Parchment, Michigan. Rizzuto brought the family recipe from the basement of his father's home to the public eye. Twenty years later, the location has changed, more homemade items have been added to the menu, but the recipe remains the same.