By Destiny Brown
Established in 1989, Lillian’s Pizza in Perdido, FL has been rollin’ dough for the community for almost three decades. This family owned restaurant is all about fresh, quality ingredients and keeping it’s admirable reputation among vacationers and locals alike.
Chance Walsh, current owner of Lillian’s was handed down the restaurant from his parents. Originally from Pritchard, FL, Mr. Walsh sold light bulbs and Mary “Lillian” Walsh, Mrs. Walsh, was an ice cream truck driver. It remains a mystery to Chance how his father purchased the property for Lillian’s from the original owners, but soon he and his mother were moving to Perdido to start a new life.
The building that now hosts Lillian’s was an abandoned store for years before the Walsh family opened a beach and yogurt shop in it’s place. Mrs. Walsh, who dabbled in cooking, decided to put a pizza on the menu and the rest is history.
Chance has worked in the family business sine he was 13 years old. When both his parents passed away, he gained full ownership of the establishment.
Chance has a hand in most of the tasks at Lillian’s. He works in the kitchen often and makes fresh dough every single morning.
“All of the seasonings and preparation that goes into that has to be done,” Walsh said. “We do fresh dough everyday, not matter what’s leftover from the day before, we make it.”
Making Lillian’s different from a lot of restaurants, they go by the motto ‘ if we can make it, we make it.’
“Anything we do buy isn’t cheap and we don’t cut corners,” Walsh said. “We like to make everything we can. It doesn’t matter how labor intensive. We cut our won salads, make our own dressings, lasagnas, doughs, anything we can.”
Lillian’s care and quality to their menu has just ranked them #71 out of Top 100 Independently Owned Pizza Restaurants in the country. This isn’t Lillian’s first time being ranked in the Top 100.
“My favorite thing about having this place is being able to serve the people and hear what they have to say,” Walsh said. “I’m a pretty private person and I’m not one of those owners who go around saying they own a place. It’s neat to go places and hear things about Lillian’s and they don’t’ know who you are.”
Lillians is located at 14514 Perdido Key Drive in Pensacola. They also deliver to nearby locations, please call (850) 492-0131.