Big Mama's & Papa's Pizzeria was founded in Burbank, California by brothers Aro & Allen Agakhanyan. The 2 Brothers Came to America from Armenia with their Mother & Sister. Aro came to America at the age of 12 years old. He was a cook at 16 years old at the Domino's Pizza in Burbank at the time. He was employed there for about a year and a half. At 17 Years old he was in Hoover High school in Glendale, California taking a couple classes from 7AM – 9AM.
After school Aro & Allen would go to work at a pizza place they purchased off some people. The name of the pizza place was called Roselli's Pizza. Back then they had 2 sized pizzas & 2 sandwiches. Very small menu, No Business – they didn't know how they did it. Back then the brothers didn't even have a car, they had a bicycle which they rode to school then to the pizza shop. Aro thought he could open his own business because he was a good cook at Dominos. After 4 years of struggling he figured that just being a good cook doesn't cut it.