EST. 1977 Hoboken, New Jersey
Serving Sarasota, FL Since 2003
Gulf Gate: 941-924-5800
Siesta Key: 941-349-2767
Venice Island: 941-484-4599
Longboat Key: 941-383-5551
Solorzanos Pizzeria
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"Our Family Story"

In the early 1960’s, Filippo Centrella and his wife Lina moved to northern New Jersey from Avellino, a small town just outside of Naples, Italy. The immigrant Italians settled in Union City where they raised four children and by 1968 took over an existing pizzeria named Sole’s. The Centrellas sold the business a few years later and opened Presto Pizza in West New York. After leaving Presto to his brother Vincienzo in 1977, Filippo opened a pizzeria on Washington Street in Hoboken, naming it after himself. He and Lina, along with their children and a young pizza man named Carlos Solorzano helped make Filippo’s pizzeria a success.

Eventually Carlos and Filippo’s eldest daughter Franca started dating and married in 1979. Shortly after the Solorzano’s two sons were born, they were able to start a business of their own. The young couple opened Filippo’s II in 1985 on the same street in Hoboken as the original, paying homage to the man who had started it all. Filippo’s III and IV opened in the years following, all owned and operated by Carlos while Franca stayed at home with the boys. By 1995, the Solorzano’s had sold all three pizzerias, and decided to concentrate their efforts on one single business. Carlos, Franca, and their sons Carlos Jr. and Philip opened Filippo’s Pizza Café at the corner of First Street and Willow Avenue in Hoboken. While on vacation in Florida in April of 2003, Philip Solorzano fell in love with the area and the people of Sarasota, while at the same time noticing an excellent opportunity to relocate the family business and change their lifestyle. Six months later, the family moved to the Suncoast and Solorzano’s Restaurant was opened in March of 2004.

In 2007 Philip was offered a great opportunity to open up his own pizzeria on Siesta Key and asked his brother Carlos Jr to join him, that’s when Solorzano Bros. Pizzeria was born. After a few successful years on Siesta Key, the brothers opened up another pizzeria on Beneva and Webber located in the heart of Sarasota. To make things easier for the brothers they eventually split up the shops, so they could focus more time and effort on each location. Since then Carlos Jr. owns the 3604 Webber and Beneva location (Solorzano Bros. Old-Fashioned Pizza), Carlos and Franca owned and ran the wonderful fine dining location In Gulf Gate (Solorzano’s Ristorante) until they decided to sell and retire, and Philip has the 4 locations (Solorzanos Pizzeria Siesta Key, Solorzanos Late Night Pizzeria In Gulf Gate, Solorzanos Pizzeria Venice, and Solorzanos Pizzeria Longboat Key).

At every Solorzano’s, we offer an experience familiar to those who understand the importance of family and dedication. Our recipes and techniques have been perfected through three long generations based on the traditional simplicity of the methods used by our Italian ancestors. We hope every evening, at either of our restaurants, takes you back to those Sunday dinners at your own house. This is our family. This is our home. Welcome. But watch your mouth, we have no problem going Jersey on you...


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Our Locations

Siesta Key

215 Avenida Madera


Sarasota Gulf Gate*

6574 Superior Ave.


Venice Island

212 S. Tamiami Trail


Longboat Key

5610 Gulf of Mexico Dr.


* Gulf Gate is open till 4am, 7 days a week.

We DELIVER anywhere in Sarasota, Venice, Siesta, Or Longboat Key!