We're Open: Panino's provides a pizza pastime for the kids

Posted at 5:49 PM, Mar 23, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — There's no arguing that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed a massive portion of our daily lives. Changes range from the way we interact with each other, to how businesses function, and even how we obtain and eat our meals.

In the midst of these changes, many local businesses are finding ways to overcome and adapt to keep their doors open, while at the same time, help those around them.

Similarly, businesses hit hard are reporting a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.

This outpouring reminding all of us that while this global epidemic has changed so much, it HASN'T changed people's desire for community.

This is We're Open Colorado, a segment dedicated to highlighting local businesses that are still open and finding unique ways to serve the community.

With all of this in mind, let's take a look at one Colorado Springs business that's adding innovative ways for parents to engage kids who are stuck at home, to their roster of take out and curbside pick-up options.

Panino's, a family owned Italian restaurant, is working to provide families with take home pizza kits that they hope will provide a fun and engaging activity for kids to work on while at home.

"The biggest thing that we wanted to do," stated AJ Frasca, owner of Panino's, "was figure out how to add value to these kids who are at home and not in school, to give them a little bit of a lesson in cooking or creating something on their own, [then] they could eat lunch and have some fun doing it."

Each pizza kit will come with dough, fresh ingredients, and a flier with a link to Panino's instructional video that will walk kids through the process of pizza creation.

AJ and the rest of the Panino's team hope to put out further cooking instructional videos in the future and are currently looking to see what the community is interested in learning about.

They report that they have received a massive amount of support from the community and are seeing a large call volume when it comes to people placing orders for takeout and curbside pick-up.

If you know of a local business that is finding innovative ways to serve the community in these trying time, please email