Paisano’s Pizza’n Pasta – HISTORY
Paisano’s Pizza’n Pasta Restaurant has been serving our Beautiful St. Petersburg and Tampa, FL – for over 40 years now !
At PAISANO’S Restaurant, PIZZA is just the beginning ! We also feature 17 different Italian specialties, a half-dozen garden fresh salads plus our salad bar, 10 different subs and sandwiches, a dozen yummy appetizers and hot breads, scrumptious desserts, a lunch buffet, dinner specials, and YES we have a KIDS MENU too!
Please take a tour, meet the staff, or browse the complete menu. Be sure to visit our “Coupons” pages often, as they are updated regularly.
The next time you ask yourself “Is their pizza near me?” or “Are their bars near me?” the answer is yes! Right here at Paisano’s. 4th street restaurants in St. Pete are the place to be and Paisano’s is no exception so check us out.
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Paisano’s Pizza `n Pasta has gone through quite a few changes over the years, (thanks to our customers)! Originally opened in 1974 as a carryout & delivery store on 62nd Avenue, we only offered 4 different size pizzas, plus spaghetti and ravioli. We now have over 60 individual menu items, (and that’s not even counting the gazillion ways you can order your pizza!), plus a salad bar, lunch buffet, and a full liquor bar!
But to go back to the real beginning, you’d have to go back to Michigan in the early `70’s and find a pizza delivery guy named Charlie. That’s were he started, and learned about the pizza business from the ground up. So when he moved to Florida, with a little money and a lot of help from Charlie’s Dad and brother, he opened that first store on 62nd Avenue. We moved to our current location in 1979, and then expanded it in 1981 to it’s current 3500 square feet and seating for 200.
Then in 1992 a kid named Joey started working here as a dishwasher. After a little hard work he moved up. Then in 2008 after 16 years of working at Paisano’s, 12 as a manager, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime an opportunity to continue an idea, a mindset that was envisioned and created by one man with a goal and the resolve to overcome adversity and to succeed where others failed.
With a humble heart he accepted this opportunity, this challenge and has been working hard to maintain the quality that you have come to expect and deserve ever since. (The American Dream is alive and well.)
So with that I would like to give a special thank you to Charles Wesner and to all of the customers that make this possible. Thank you!
Charlie, his Dad and brother have since moved on to other endeavors, but pizza was in Our blood. We love making it, eating it, serving it, and watching other people enjoy it. Now after over 40 years, we are still Cooking Just for You!
So come on in and give us a try the next time you ask yourself “Are their pizza places near me?”. We are a fun family friendly local restaurant.
You will find the same smiling faces every week, great Italian cuisine at a reasonable price, and always a fun, friendly, family atmosphere !