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Some of America’s favorite Italian restaurant menu options aren’t really from across the ocean at all. Arriving immigrants found different ingredients than in their home country. For example, America had an abundance of meat not found back in Italy. In exchange, Italians introduced new seasonings, like garlic, to Americans.
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The blending of cultural cooking produced some amazing new dishes you won’t find in Italy. However, you will find many of these favorites in your local Italian restaurant. Typically, Americans rate these as their top preferred choices:
It’s one of America’s favorite comfort foods for good reasons. Gooey, melted cheese atop a tangy tomato sauce, with a crispy yet chewy crust. Who can resist?
With the abundance of meat in America, immigrants grew the size of the meatball and lowered the ratio of bread. Plus, both canned tomatoes and spaghetti were cheap and widely available. Soon, Italian cooks paired the three creating another favorite dish.
Another Italian favorite, Bruschetta, changed to garlic bread when olive oil wasn’t readily available. Butter was a suitable alternative and so garlic bread was born.
Eggplant parmigiana was a popular dish in Italy. Once again, the cheaper prices of meat in America allowed immigrants to substitute eggplant for veal and chicken.
Typically, Italian lasagna is an all-day affair of cooking. However, as the popularity of this dish spread, many cooks sought to quicken the process. The result is our Americanized version of layers of tomato meat sauce, noodles, and cheese.
While those may be the most popular dishes, you’ll often find many other items on an Italian restaurant menu. Typically, many Italian restaurants also serve submarine sandwiches, wings, calzones, and stromboli.
When brothers Mario, Vinny, and Tony started their business, they specialized in pizza -specifically NY style. People love our pizza so much that they return again and again to our restaurant. Over the years, we’ve added many more Italian menu items, but we still toss a great-tasting pie. Plus, we also offer cauliflower and gluten-free crusts as well as several specialty pies:
Our menu also includes the close relatives of pizza: calzone and stromboli. Made with pizza dough, we stuff both with cheese and your choice of topping. However, we serve the sauce for your calzone on the side while we bake the sauce into your stromboli.
Another great Italian/American invention is the submarine sandwich. Of course, we use only the freshest ingredients to create our hot and cold subs. Choose either an 8 or 12-inch sandwich and then your favorite way:
Furthermore, our menu also includes mouth-watering Italian appetizers. You can choose your favorite Italian flavors like meatballs, wings, garlic knots, and cheesy garlic bread. We also have salads for those times when you might like something a little lighter.
Finally, we also serve irresistible desserts. Cheesecake, cannoli, tiramisu, and limoncello mascarpone cake will complete your meal in a sweet way.
It’s easy to order from our Italian restaurant menu. You can view all our options by choosing your location from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Below, we answer a few questions about our eateries.
Of course, we can talk all day about our food, but we think our customers’ comments are the best:
Food has always been delicious and always on time each time I have ordered here. The pizza is amazing and the other options on the menu are very tasty as well! I definitely recommend trying Mario’s Pizza. -Joshua B. L. West Jefferson, NC
I love the convenience of their latest location. The food was delicious. I got the lunch special of a small sub, drink, and side. I had the Italian with a salad. Both were great. Their ranch dressing is so good as well as the Mario’s way topped sub. My son had the kid’s meatball sandwich with fries. He loves their meatballs. The fries are also delicious as well. Check their social media for deals. We got a free kid’s meal because my son was dressed up for Halloween. Barrie P. Winston-Salem, NC
You’ll find our Italian restaurants conveniently located throughout the Triad:
Each location offers a dine-in, carry-out, or delivery service.
We offer both daily and luncheon specials. Plus, we also announce holiday deals on social media. You can earn one like Barrie P. received on Halloween as discussed in the above review. Just follow us on Facebook to find out about our latest offerings.
Hungry? Why not order some delicious Mario’s Pizza right now? Just click on the drop-down menu to choose your location. Then, enjoy our delicious, authentic Italian food!
Plus, from November 1st to December 10th, 2023, get a free 6-piece order of garlic knots when you purchase a gift card of $25 or more. Be on the lookout via social media for the most updated deals during holidays.
Whether you are planning a first date, celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart, or taking your spouse out for your anniversary, Mario’s Pizza is the perfect setting for a casual bite to eat. We have a wide selection of Italian dishes on our menu, or you can of course share an authentic New York style pizza. If you’re looking for the best food in Winston Salem, stop into one of our convenient locations for the perfect date night.
Here at Mario’s, we use family recipes that have been passed down for generations. Some of our recipes even came over from Calabria, Italy! Our family got their start serving delicious food in Brooklyn, New York before moving to North Carolina in the 1980s. We opened our first Mario’s location off Hanes Mall Boulevard in Winston-Salem and today we have nine locations throughout the Triad, including our brand new Friendly Center pizzeria in Greensboro, which is perfect if you want to do some shopping after your dinner date.
It might be a cliche to say that our food is made with love, but you have to experience it for yourself! Our menu includes not only pizza, but these other Italian dishes:
We also have a full menu of appetizers including garlic knots, wings, Italian meatballs, and more. Of course, don’t forget our claim to fame: pizza! We offer a wide range of toppings to suit every taste, and we also offer gluten-free crust and cauliflower crust options for those who have dietary restrictions.
If you’re coming to Mario’s for date night, why not splurge a little and end your meal with one of our Italian desserts. A rich, luscious bite of one of our desserts is the perfect cherry on top. We offer the following dessert options:
Our desserts are the perfect size to share. Or, order them all for the ultimate sweet feast! Keep in mind that we’re the perfect place to stop for dessert if you already enjoyed lunch or dinner at home. During your day of shopping, swing by and dine in for a quick sweet pick-me-up.
After eating at Mario’s, continue your date with one of the many activities and beautiful locations Winston-Salem has to offer. Trip Advisor has some great ideas for things to do in Winston-Salem, but here are a few of our favorite recommendations:
If you love to get in touch with nature, you can also head just outside the city to Hanging Rock State Park or Pilot Mountain State Park, which are both places to hike and enjoy a picnic lunch. Yes, we can pack your meal to go so you can eat some delicious Italian food overlooking the beautiful scenery this state has to offer.
Our helpful staff would be happy to answer any questions you have about Mario’s or our menu. Here are a few frequently asked questions to get you started:
Winston-Salem and the surrounding area is best known for southern cooking and barbecue. There aren’t many authentic Italian restaurants in Winston-Salem. We make Brooklyn-style pizza with a thin chewy crust and tons of toppings. Come in today to try a single slice before you commit to a whole pie.
Yes! If you sign up for our rewards program you can earn points every time you eat at any of our Mario’s locations. You can also get special gifts when you sign up and during your birthday month. Sign up via our app or just ask your server for information about how to join the program.
We now have nine convenient locations throughout the Triad including:
We also have a sister restaurant, Tony’s Pizza, with locations in Mooresville, Charlotte, Hickory, and Huntersville. We’d love to see you and your sweetheart soon for a date night with the best food in Winston-Salem at any of our locations.
Here at Mario’s Pizza, we use authentic Italian recipes to create delicious dishes, including our famous Brooklyn-style pizza. However, pizza is not your only option at our restaurants. We also serve a variety of other Italian dishes, including some of the best Stromboli near me (if we do say so ourselves!).
While many of our family recipes have roots that go back to Italy, Stromboli was actually created in the 1950s in Philadelphia by an Italian-American restaurateur named Nazzareno Romano. The original Stromboli contained ham, cheese, and peppers, along with sauce, wrapped inside pizza dough. Today’s version can contain any ingredients you would typically find as pizza toppings.
Stromboli are similar to another type of Italian entree: calzones. There are three main differences between Stromboli and calzones:
Calzones are from southern Italy and grew in popularity as a street food to eat on the go. With a calzone, you have the ingredients within a half-moon piece of dough, and in America at least the sauce is served on the side for dipping (though in Italy the sauce could be baked inside). On the other hand, Stromboli are more rectangular or roll-shaped, with the sauce always baked inside. Often, calzones have ricotta cheese while Stromboli do not, but exact ingredients are up to you.
Of course, both Stromboli and calzones come in different sizes. However, in many cases, people buy a Stromboli to share with their family (like a pizza) in slices and buy a calzone to eat themselves. It really depends on your appetite, though! Along with this delightful dish, we also serve the best calzone near me in the Triad.
We are, of course, a big fan of pizza! We wouldn’t be a top pizza restaurant here in North Carolina if we didn’t absolutely love our family recipe for delicious pies. However, there are a few reasons why you might want to order a Stromboli instead:
We encourage you to try both to see which you like better. Both pizza and Stromboli can hit the spot depending on your mood that day.
Stromboli, calzone, and pizza are just three of the many Italian menu options here at Mario’s. In addition, we serve up pasta entrees, subs, salads, and more for dine in or takeout in Winston-Salem, High Point, Greensboro, Clemmons, and the surrounding areas. Here are just a few:
We also have a selection of traditional Italian desserts, including tiramisu, cannoli, cheesecake, and limoncello mascarpone cake with white chocolate curls on top. So, if you need a sweet ending after trying the best Stromboli near me, we’ve got you covered!
If you’re thinking about ordering a Stromboli or other food from our restaurant, here are a few things you should know!
In our humble option, yes. However, you don’t have to take our word for it! Click here to see what people are saying about our food.
Yes! We have a different special every day. If you are specifically hungry for a Stromboli or calzone, check out our Tuesday special. We also have giveaways and other deals posted on our Facebook and Instagram regularly.
We are open for lunch at all our locations throughout the Triad region. We have daily lunch specials, which are available until 4 PM, or you can order lunch from our full menu of other delights such as pizzas, calzones, appetizers, subs, salads, or pasta entrees.
We do offer delivery in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, High Point, Greensboro, and the surrounding areas via food delivery apps. You can find us on UberEats, Slice, Doordash, and Grubhub.
Yes, and signing up for our rewards program is very easy. Simply download the “Mario’s Tony’s” app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can also sign up with your phone number at any of our locations. Just give your server your number or log onto the app to earn points toward free food and other special prizes. You earn points every time you order, so we hope to see you at one of our locations soon!
Looking for a good gift for a loved one? Grab a Mario’s Pizza gift card. If you purchase one by December 23rd, 2022, you get a free 6-Piece of our tasty Garlic Knots for yourself!
Figuring out what to make for family meals can be frustrating, especially if there are multiple picky eaters in your house. If you’re stuck on what to eat for lunch, Mario’s Pizza can help. Here are five fun lunch ideas to consider, or for the easiest option, stop by our authentic Italian restaurant for a full menu of pizza, subs, wings, and more, including daily lunch specials.
According to one survey, some of American’s favorite things to eat at mealtime include:
Other top lunch favorites include sandwiches, chicken nuggets/tenders, and salads.
If your family members tend to be creatures of habit, you can get creative by trying a new twist on one of their favorites. Think about how you can make your lunch globally-inspired to introduce a few new flavors or textures without going too far out of their comfort zone.
Here are some examples:
Get creative by adding in a few interesting ingredients to encourage your family to try new things, without making them turn up their noses at something completely unfamiliar.
Charcuterie boards are all the rage, and for good reason. People love the flexibility to try a wide range of foods during a single meal. There’s no reason you can’t make a version that your kids will love too, as a fun lunch option.
Traditionally, a charcuterie board shows off upscale cured pork products, and many also include nuts, cheese, fruits, vegetables, crackers, spreads, and dipping sauces. For your lunchtime charcuterie board with the kids, you can add:
You can add any other snacky foods in your house as well. Don’t forget to add in a few more unusual options to encourage picky eaters to try new things. You could include foods such as hummus, kiwi or other tropical fruits, pickles, and more.
Sometimes your mornings can be very rushed, so it isn’t possible to make pancakes or waffles. You can make them for a fun lunch instead, with a toppings bar that kids (and – who are we kidding – adults too!) will love. Here are a few fun toppings to try on your pancakes or waffles:
You can make your waffle/pancake bar slightly healthier with options like fresh fruit, nuts, and honey, or you can get indulgent for a special occasion with candy toppings.
Quesadillas are a fun lunch alternative to sandwiches and wraps. They are extremely easy to customize so you can please everyone. You can even make tortillas at home by mixing together 2 cups of flour, 3/4 cup of water, and a pinch of salt. Little hands will love to help you knead the dough into a smooth consistency, and after it rests for ten minutes, divide into 8 balls and roll into thin circles. Cook in a greased pan for a few minutes and viola: homemade tortillas.
Of course, you can also choose the easier route with a store-bought version as well. Either way, top one tortilla with your desired fillings. This is a great way to use leftover ground beef, steak, pulled pork, or chicken. Then, top with your favorite cheeses and a second tortilla and grill for a few minutes on each side.
Sometimes, even the best lunch ideas in the world just don’t sound good in the moment. When you don’t know what to eat for lunch, bring the whole gang to Mario’s. Our lunch menu includes full pizzas and pizza by the slice, a wide range of Italian pasta entrees, hot and cold subs, and more. There’s a little something for everyone, even if you don’t want pizza for lunch.
If your day is especially busy, we also offer delivery via Slice, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. Additionally, you can call us for a carry-out order. Don’t forget to join our rewards program to earn points with every visit!
We’d love to answer any questions you have about the Mario’s Pizza lunch menu. Here are a few FAQs to get you started:
Yes! We have both a gluten-free crust and a cauliflower crust option. Notably, we take allergies very seriously, so please tell a staff member if someone in your family has an allergy or sensitivity. Likewise, we also have some carb-conscious options, including a wide variety of salads.
We have a variety of party trays available to make your next work meeting, party, or event delicious! Our team can also provide large quantities of pizza, calzones, strombolis, and other foods. Please provide 72 hours notice for catering.
We bring traditional Italian food to North Carolina with our authentic family recipes. Our family has roots in Calabria, Italy, and we grew up in Brooklyn before moving south. You can read more about our journey here, and we hope to see you at one of our locations for an Italian lunch soon!
At Mario’s Pizza, you can get a taste of authentic Italian food right here in the Triad. We have a full menu of Brooklyn-style pizza, pasta, and other favorites, including what we humbly believe is the best calzone near me. If you’ve never had a calzone before, we would love to make one for you, filled with your favorite toppings.
Calzones are an Italian invention, and roughly translates to “pants legs.” Naples pizza-makers created calzones in the 1700s as an on-the-go pizza so you could eat it while walking around, hence the name. They were originally just normal pizzas folded in half, which gave them their traditional half-moon shape. However, over time calzones have become their own thing, rather than just being a version of pizza.
Today’s calzones still have the half-moon shape, as opposed to stromboli, which is a rectangle shape where the dough is rolled into a log. Calzones typically have a cheese blend inside, featuring ricotta and other cheese varieties. They can also be stuffed with a variety of other toppings. We serve the sauce on the outside, however. It’s perfect for dipping. With a stromboli, the sauce is baked into the center with the other ingredients, so the resulting texture is a bit different.
Calzones still make a great meal on the go. We even have a calzone lunch special on Tuesday if you stop by Mario’s for a quick bite. We have eight locations throughout the Triad, in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, High Point, and Greensboro. Our sister restaurant, Tony’s Pizza, also has locations in Mooresville, Charlotte, Hickory, and Huntersville to satisfy your calzone cravings.
Pizza will always be our first love, but there are a few reasons why you might choose a calzone instead. Here are the top five reasons why calzones are sometimes better than pizza:
Strombolis also have some of the same benefits over pizza, but with more crust and sauce on the inside. Our strombolis also have mozzarella cheese instead of a mozzarella/ricotta blend, so if you don’t like ricotta cheese, they might be the best option for you.
Our calzones come with a delicious cheese blend and your choice of one topping. We have a huge range of toppings available here at Mario’s Pizza!
Toppings for meat lovers:
Some of our most popular topping options for calzones include spinach, pepperoni, and mushrooms, but you can choose the topping that sounds tastiest to you. The best calzone near me will be the one that fits your personal preferences.
Our servers would be happy to answer any calzone questions you may have. Here are a few we get about ordering an authentic calzone you love:
Along with our weekly Tuesday calzone lunch special, we also have a rewards program. You can sign up online, via our app, or by giving your phone number to one of our staff members when dining in. You’ll earn points any time you order a calzone or any food at Mario’s Pizza!
We also offer a selection of authentic Italian desserts, including tiramisu, cannoli, cheesecake, and limoncello mascarpone cake, as well as a kids menu with seven different options. You can see our full menu here!
Yes! Our dining rooms are open if you’d like to enjoy your calzone or other entrees at our restaurant. We also offer convenient online ordering if you would rather pick up or have your pizza delivered. Click here to learn more or stop into any dining room today for you next authentic Italian meal.