About Paesano's

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Pae-san-o: noun, friend or family

Our History
Paesano’s Pizza opened July 11th, 1981 when Morris Kolarik started the restaurant with the goal of serving excellent pizza to our community. Over the next 40 years, his children took ownership and grew the restaurant into the famous local spot it is today.  As the Kolariks decided to explore their next chapter in retirement, Kim and Dudley Smith purchased the property and business in May of 2022. The Smith family is very excited to continue and honor the recipes, hard work and traditions set before them, and to serve the best pizza in town.

Get To Know Us
Our dining room is a warm and cozy pizzeria, with pictures of local and far-traveled patrons covering the walls. Our outdoor deck overlooks the beautiful Boardman River and majestic West Grand Traverse Bay. While dining with us, we will treat you like friends and family. We only use the freshest ingredients, make our famous hand tossed dough and crust from scratch, use 100% Mozzarella, and signature pizza sauce to create our delicious pizza masterpieces. You're the reason we put forth our best, each and every day. Thank you to everyone who has walked through our front doors, supported our humble cause and walked out friends. We couldn’t do what we do without all of you!

Our Mission
Create delicious food, serve Traverse City the best pizza we can, and provide  great service with a smile, resulting in big smiles on the faces of our customers. 😄

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(231) 941-5740