In Member Spotlight

Southern Ocean Chamber Close-up is a brief introspective on why our members do what they do. Professional stories, mission moments and customers who made the difference; this is their time to share why their business or non-profit makes an impact in the LBI Region. If you are a a partner member and want to share your story, contact [email protected] to be featured.

Panzone’s Pizza & Pasta located in Beach Haven and Surf City was started in 1980 by Frank Panzone Jr and his wife Joyce. Their Beach Haven location quickly became a popular spot for pizzas, huge steak sandwiches and hoagies, so they opened a second location in 1998. The restaurants are now run as family businesses (part of our Founded in Family program) by Frank’s two daughters Kristin and Jillian and son-in-law Todd with an expanded menu.

Frank Panzone Jr, served with distinction as President of the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce and as a long standing board of director. This baton has been handed down to his daughter Jillian Panzone Elsasser, who is the current President. Her husband Todd Elsasser has been coordinating the infamous Chowderfest since 2016, carrying on his father-in-law’s legacy. Frank Panzone Jr. served as the chair for the festival from its inception in 1988 until his passing.

Over the years, Panzones has won numerous awards including NJ Magazine’s Best of the Shore Lobster Roll & Best Pizza, Philly Magazine “best pizza at the shore” 2016, Chowderfest, Grand Champions in 2007 as well as placing in top 3 numerous years for 23 years straight competing with their red and white chowders. With two convenient locations, Surf City and Beach Haven, make sure to stop by and try out some of their famed pizza and clam chowder! For more information on Panzones, visit or follow them on social media at @Panzoneslbi.