JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 ISSUE 89
Pajano’s Pizza - Celebrates 50 years!
Next month, Pajano’s Pizza & Subs will celebrate its 50th
anniversary making it the oldest operating restaurant in Indian
Rocks Beach. It was opened on February of 1971, oddly enough
by a man whose last name was not named “Pajano.” Owner
Nick Faraone bought the pizza business for $5,000, then located
inside of the Red Lion Pub building, before there was a Red Lion.
He operated out of that 15th Avenue location for 3 years before
moving to today’s location. He picked that spot to be closer
to the Indian Rocks Pier, at 12th Avenue. As luck would have
it, the Pier collapsed the next year during Hurricane Elena, but
Pajano’s Pizza did not!
Nick met his wife, Monica, when she applied for a
job while still at the 15th Ave. location. Of course,
he hired her. They started dating and soon were
married. While growing up, all four of their kids
worked at Pajano’s. Nick has passed away and
today son Mike owns and manages the restaurant.
His mother Monica is also still involved. Pajano’s is
located at 1305 Gulf Blvd.
Indian Rocks Beach is known for its great local
restaurants and Pajano’s is not the only old restaurant
in town. Others have been around for many years,
too. We highlighted ten of the oldest.
- Continued on page 7
Also in this Issue:
Bella Vino 15
What does it take to
start a successful wine
business from scratch?
Owners Brian and
Cheryl Franzeses know,
they did it. - page 3
Working the Polls
See what is involved
in being a poll worker
Maybe you will want
to give it a try next
- page 27
Walk Indian Rocks Historical Tour
A joint effort between Action 2000 and the Indian
Rocks Historical Museum created a free self-guided,
audio and visual walking tour of historical Indian
Rocks Beach -