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Southold Pagano's Closes; Pizzeria Opens at Greenport Location

Father and son Pagano decide to turn one section of That Little Italian Place into a pizzeria.

This past Saturday was the last day of service at Pagano’s — a longstanding place for pizza and other Italian cuisine in downtown Southold. After 13 years on Route 25, the owners have decided to close up shop in search of a new location in the hamlet.

In the meantime, 16 seats of place — the Greenport restaurant the Paganos opened two years ago on Front Street — have been sacrificed to make way for a pizzeria.

Joe Pagano held a soft opening of the pizzeria on Wednesday and was running advertisements on Thursday.

“We now have everything we had in Southold here, and now people can come in for lunch every day,” he said. “We hope this is a happy experience.”

The hours of That Little Italian Place have expanded to 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Before the pizzeria, Pagano served lunch only on the weekends and closed the restaurants on Tuesdays.

Pagano’s in Southold served everything from pizza, heros and calzones to full pasta, veal and seafood dishes. Joe Pagano Jr., who has always been in business with his father, said they would have to pay significantly higher rent in order to stay in Southold over the next 10 years.

“Basically, the building owner was looking for more money and a renovation, and that’s what drove us out,” he said. “But we still have a good business and a good clientele with loyal customers, and we were successful up until the last day.”

Maggie September 01, 2011 at 04:51 PM
Another empty building - just what we need! Wouldn't the landlord have rather kept them than have it standing idle? So much for keeping things local~
Julie Charczuk September 01, 2011 at 11:53 PM
The landlord has another business, or should I say "franchaise", moving in shortly. Along with Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks, which we all know wont last in a knitted town, this too will pass :) Good things and success in business do not go hand in hand with GREED. Just think of this as you see what opens up next in that location.
Rachel F September 02, 2011 at 03:40 PM
Boo. I'm so sad to hear this! We love the salad pizza and will definitely go to Greenport to get it. Just sad that the landlord drove out a great restaurant in downtown Southold.
Jim September 02, 2011 at 06:40 PM
A waitress at Michelangelo's told us they are opening a new location in Southold where Pagano's was. They were looking to open by December.
mhorine1 September 02, 2011 at 08:38 PM
There's a sign in the building saying the space has been leased.
NFPS September 02, 2011 at 08:45 PM
The Truth is another "Great Local business owner Michelangelo's" stepped up to make it a better please for the town of Southold to go ! good luck to all !
local resident September 05, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Why is Michangelo's considered a franchise? It is not TGIF! Hopefully the place will look more inviting and Michaelangelo's salad pizza is outstanding. Good luck to Pagano's out in Greenport.
Benja Schwartz September 06, 2011 at 06:32 PM
Michelangelo's bakes with fresh basil and garlic, Yum Yum! Michelangelo's Grandma's pie (without tomato paste) is my favorite.
Celia Alfano November 18, 2011 at 07:40 PM
Thank god they are somewhere, I was back home visiting and reliezed they were gone. I will be sure to come by the new place next time I am back home on LI. The best Granny slices ever. Celia Alfano

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