Our Story

About Panhandler’s Pizza


Panhandler’s Pizza is not only Fort Collin’s BEST pizza restaurant but we are also the oldest! Since 1975, Panhandler’s has served our unique pan-style pizza by the slice or as a whole pie.  Each pizza starts with a pastry-like dough which has be baked lower and slower than a regular pizza.  They take longer but they are worth the wait!! Each pizza is topped with our secret sauce and 100% real, whole-milk Mozzarella cheese loaded with fresh quality toppings and even sausage that is about the best Italian Sausage you can find made here locally.

About the Ownership


Panhandler’s Pizza was originally opened in 1975 by the Foster’s and sold in the early 1980’s to John Olsen.  In 2017, with all the growth in Fort Collins the original location at 1220 W. Elizabeth was getting torn down and John decided to sell the business.  Louann DeCoursey kiddingly piped up on Facebook that maybe he should maybe sell the restaurant to a former employee like her.  They talked, decided it was a good idea and now Louann DeCoursey and her husband Mike Piotraschke are lucky enough to own Panhandler’s Pizza and carry Fort Collin’s best pizza into the next 45 years.