Close-Up: Sami Ladeki of the Ladeki Restaurant Group

SAN DIEGO — Walking alongside Sami Ladeki is akin to sharing space with a local celebrity. The moment the restaurateur enters the patio of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza on a Monday afternoon, a table of four greet him. Minutes later a woman walks by, pats his shoulder and exclaims she knew “this guy” before the first Sammy’s opened on Draper Avenue and Pearl Street in La Jolla 16 years ago.
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