It's no secret that Ferino's Pizzeria in Port Hadlock is the go-to place to take the "fam" after a local school ballgame for a slice of pizza or delicious chicken wings.
Centrally located in the Tri-Areas and a regular destination for many, Ferino's has been a steady staple in the community's diet since 1984 and is a great example of how determination and perseverance are essential skills for any business to not just survive, but thrive in today's diverse economy.
In 2014, the business was purchased by long-time employee and community member, Adam Burns, who first started working at the company in 1993.
We asked Adam if we could interview him about his story and he invited us to swing by his pizza shop one day shortly after before they opened to talk story.
"I started off as a dishwasher, folding boxes and greasing pans like everybody else. I really liked the environment and the boss I was working for and it just clicked with me," Adam recalls during our interview.
After one year, he left to pursue a music career, while occasionally working at Ferino's as time allowed.
He came back to the restaurant full time in 1996, and two years later he became the store manager. It was then that he made the commitment to the owner and to himself to take over the business when the time came.
In January of 2014, Adam officially took over as owner of Ferino's.
Stop by and enjoy a slice when you get a chance!
Ferino's Pizzeria is located at 846 Ness's Corner Rd in Port Hadlock, Washington.
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