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.

Try an International Twist on an Old Favorite

According to one survey, some of American’s favorite things to eat at mealtime include:

  1. Mashed potatoes
  2. French fries
  3. Hamburgers
  4. Grilled Cheese
  5. Fried Chicken

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:

  • Try teriyaki, jerk-style, or other unique international dipping sauces for your chicken.
  • Add some brown gravy and cheese curds to your French fries to create the beloved Canadian dish poutine
  • Create a grilled cheese or other type of sandwich using something other than slices of American and provolone. Try Spanish Manchego, Dutch Gouda, English Cheddar, or another type of delicious melty cheese.

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.

Create a Meat, Fruit, and Vegetable Tray Kids Will Love

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:

  • Rolled lunch meat and sliced cheese
  • Baby carrots, celery sticks, sliced cucumbers, broccoli, and other raw vegetables they enjoy
  • Crackers (Ritz, goldfish, saltines, or anything else in your pantry)
  • Peanut butter
  • Sliced applies, berries, orange slices, grapes, and other fresh fruits
  • Raisins
  • Pieces of bread or toast, cut into strips
  • Pretzels

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.

Have Breakfast for Lunch with a Pancake or Waffle Bar

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:

  • Maple syrup of course (and try warming it a bit with some flavoring extract like vanilla for a fun twist)
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings or chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Candied bacon
  • Fresh berries or fruit syrup
  • Jam
  • Sprinkles
  • Sliced bananas
  • Apples stewed with some cinnamon (or use apple pie filling!)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Honey
  • Walnuts or pecans
  • Shredded coconut

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.

Whip Up Some Easy Quesadillas if You Need an Idea for What to Eat for Lunch

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.

Stop by Mario’s Pizza for Lunch

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!

FAQs About Mario’s Lunch Menu

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:

Do you have options for special diets?

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.

Can I order catering?

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.

What makes Mario’s different?

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!

Here at Mario’s Pizza, we serve traditional Italian food using our family’s recipes all the way from Italy. However, we know that sometimes pizza and pasta don’t hit the spot. You may instead want a fresh salad, filled with veggies and other delicious toppings. If you’re looking for good salads near me, Mario’s has you covered.

Why Salads Make the Perfect Meal

Did you know that adults should be eating 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily? The CDC reports that only about 10% of American adults are getting the right amount of vegetables. Here in North Carolina, that number is even slightly lower than the national average, with only 9.5% of adults eating the recommended amount of vegetables. That’s less than one in ten!

Salads are a great solution because they pack a lot of varied vegetables into one meal. A healthy diet helps prevent a number of health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even some kinds of cancer.

Our Specialty Salads

If you order a salad at Mario’s, we can add any toppings you like from our selection. This includes:

  • Cheese (mozzarella, feta, parmesan, and more)
  • Meats such as ham, turkey, and salami
  • Olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers

This is just a short list of some of the toppings we have available. Of course, we also offer a selection of delicious dressings.

What’s best to put in good salads near me? You can also order one of our specialty salads, created by our chefs to hit all the right notes. You’ll love the flavors of our salads. Here’s what’s on the menu at Mario’s:

  • Caesar Salad: A blend of romaine and iceberg lettuce, topped with crunchy parmesan croutons and creamy dressing
  • Greek Salad: Our Greek salad has olives, pepperoncinis, feta, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers on top of our romaine and iceberg lettuce blend, along with a delicious Greek dressing.
  • Craisin’ Cranberry & Walnut Salad: This salad option has crasin’ cranberries, sugar-coated walnuts, and feta on a bed of spinach. It’s perfect for the summer.
  • Garden Salad: Our garden salad option starts with our romaine/iceburg lettuce blend. We then add mozzarella, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, olives, and peppers.
  • Chef Salad: This one is for meat lovers! We add salami, ham, turkey, and provolone cheese atop a bed of romaine and iceburg lettuce. Then, we add even more toppings: mozzarella, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, olives, and peppers.

We are happy to customize your fresh salad to meet your exact tastes!

Entrees for the Whole Family at Mario’s

Our salads are fresh and delicious, but some members of your family might want a hot meal instead. Here at Mario’s, we also have a number of Italian entrees the entire family will love. Our menu includes:

  • Baked Ziti
  • Eggplant parmigiana
  • Chicken parmigiana
  • Meat lasagna
  • Baked ricotta cheese ravioli
  • Spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce

Of course, we also serve up individual slices and pies of our famous Brooklyn-style pizza along with mouth-watering wings. There’s something for everyone at Mario’s. You can get any of our salads as a side to your main entree if you want to enjoy fresh vegetables and also have a hot meal.

What makes Mario’s different? Our food uses only the best ingredients, and our recipes have been passed down through the generations from our family in Italy, by way of Brooklyn, New York. We provide that authentic Italian cuisine experience right here in the North Carolina Triad. And, if you are traveling through the Charlotte area, make sure to check out our sister restaurant, Tony’s Pizza, which has six locations.

Even More Delicious Options – Check Out Our Sub Menu

If salad, pasta entrees, and pizza aren’t your cup of tea, we also have an extensive sub menu. Subs are great for meals on the go. We have both cold and hot options. We make our subs “the Mario’s way” or “Philly style” with a variety of toppings, but we can completely customize any sub to your tastes. Our three best sellers are:

  1. Steak Sub
  2. Grilled Chicken Sub
  3. Chick-O-Philly Sub

Ask for your sub served the Mario’s way and you’ll get cheese, banana peppers, onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato, oil, and vinegar. Or, choose it Philly style with cheese, bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Again, we can customize your sub with other toppings if you wish.

We also serve four types of parmigiana subs (sausage, eggplant, chicken, and meatball), which are baked with marinara sauce and cheese. Additionally, you can try one of our other popular sub options: Italian, turkey, veggie, or sausage, peppers, and onions. Get them with one of our salads as a side so you can make sure to add those vegetables to your diet.

FAQs About Mario’s Pizza

We’d love to answer any questions you have about our Italian food so you can make the perfect order. Here are a few frequently asked questions we hear to get you started:

How can I order good salads near me?

We have the best salads for both dine in and take out. To order, give us a call or use our convenient online ordering system. We also offer delivery through Slice, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub from our restaurants in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, High Point, and Greensboro.

Do you have a rewards program?

Yes! You earn points every time you order good salads near me from Mario’s (or any other meal for that matter). You can sign up via our app or let your server know that you’d like to join the loyalty program.

Where can I learn more about your menu and prices?

We have our full menu and prices online. Simply select your closest Mario’s location from the dropdown above and view the full menu now.