Jeno Paulucci, Inventor Of Pizza Rolls, Dies

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DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota entrepreneur who changed Duluth — and our dinner tables — died Thursday morning.

Jeno Paulucci, who is perhaps best known for founding the Chun King brand of canned Chinese food, passed away at the age of 93.

He died only four days after his wife Lois died.

Paulucci also helped make a new snack popular, which he named after himself: Jeno’s Pizza Rolls.

His company became Duluth’s largest employer with thousands of workers.

  • Goober

    RIP Jeno – I always like a Pizza Roll when I was a kid. I haven’t seen Chun King advertised for years Pizza Rolls for that matter either.

  • Mary

    Please tell the whole story and not just a few lines. Reporting should be accurate and reliable. Jeno’s hasn’t been in Duluth for years.

  • John

    He didn’t really invent pizza rolls. He just made really small calzones.

  • Jake

    Pizza Rolls once made me sick to me stomach. Don’t know if it was the rolls or the way that I prepareed them. HAVING SAID THAT, AND KNOWING THE LIBERAL DULUTH COMMUNITY THAT i DO, i’d say that Duluth should feel veddy blessed at what this great man has done., I think that there should be a STREET named AFTER HIM, instead of some NOBODY who NEVER LIVED THERE, let alone WORKED THERE, or who never PROTESTED THERE, who never axed me what I THOUGHT about what as going on in that particulart segment of society…. Oh, well, so much for DEMOCRACY….

    • AntiTeabagger

      You need to lay off the weed man.

    • Larry F.

      I miss you Jake, you should call me some time. I’ll make pizza rolls that won’t make you sick.

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  • ann

    RIP Jeno-I have good memories of my dad making pizza from your box pizza kit as a child, then inviting the neighbors grandchildren over to share our homemade pizza.

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