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When searching for a large pizza, you probably don’t want the world’s largest pie on record. That pie covered a whopping 14,000 square feet. While this may be one for the history books, you’re just looking for a delicious pizza to feed your family. This is when many people in North Carolina want a slice of Mario’s big pizza.
Mario’s Pizza began decades ago in an Italian community in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in a tight-knit American ethnic community wasn’t all that different from living in Italy. It was one of these areas where brothers Vinny, Tony, and Mario grew up.
In 1981, the brothers decided to take their culinary skills and traditional family recipes to the shores of North Carolina. They opened two pizzerias, one in Jacksonville and the other in Havelock. A few years later, the brothers moved to the Triad and opened an Italian restaurant in Winston-Salem.
As word spread of their delicious pizza over the years, the brothers continued to expand. Today, you’ll find Mario’s Pizza in 9 locations throughout the Triad:
Moreover, the brothers also started another chain serving the same great food. Tony’s Pizza has 6 locations throughout the greater Charlotte area:
America’s love affair with pizza began when the first pizzeria opened in 1905 in Manhattan. Over the years, the combination of a thin, crispy crust, tangy tomato sauce, and melted cheese became a hit. While other styles have developed, NY style pizza remains the most popular.
Beginning with the dough, we train our chefs the correct procedure for kneading, proofing, and hand tossing. Each step is crucial to achieve the thin, crispy crust you expect. Of course, our chefs understand the importance of baking time and temperature too.
Next, we spread a layer of our homemade tomato sauce atop the crust. We use an old traditional family recipe handed down through generations. It has the right balance of texture, sweetness, and acidity, to complement the other ingredients.
Some other styles of pizza may use provolone, white cheddar, Swiss, or a blend of cheeses. However, for NY style, there’s only one kind, low-moisture mozzarella. This cheese melts nicely with just the right amount of stretch.
Typically, traditional NY style pizza has cheese and perhaps pepperoni toppings. However, we understand the desire to customize pizza with your favorite meats and vegetables. Thus, we offer a whopping 32 options to put on your pizza.
Traditionally, Italian chefs make NY style pizza huge. Usually, pies are 18-20 inches in diameter. Moreover, a slice of pizza is so big that you need to fold a slice in half to eat it.
Mario’s big pizza is a gigantic 24 inches in diameter. However, we also make pies in smaller 10, 15, 17, and 19-inch sizes. We cut our huge 24-inch pie into 12 slices while all our other pies come in 8 slices.
People have been enjoying Mario’s Big Pizza for over 40 years, but perhaps you haven’t heard of us yet. To acquaint you with our Italian restaurant, we’ve answered a few questions below. If you have any others, please call your nearest Mario’s Pizza and one of our staff members will assist you.
While our specialty is pizza, we have many other items on our menu. You’ll find over a dozen appetizers like toasted ravioli, boneless wings, or garlic knots. We also serve popular Italian entrees like parmigiana, lasagna, and baked ziti. Additionally, we also have calzones, strombolis, subs, and salads. Finally, to finish off your meal, we offer several traditional Italian desserts. Here, check out our menu and prices.
Our restaurants offer 3 different luncheon specials available daily until 4 pm:
In addition, we have daily deals available all day long:
Prices are subject to change, so be sure to check our online menu for up-to-date information.
Absolutely! We offer a terrific loyalty program with great rewards. Plus, it’s easy and free to join. Simply download our app or let your server know the next time you order. Then, every time you order you can earn points. Watch for double point days and bonus stars for fast rewards. Moreover, we’ll give you a free slice of our delicious pizza just for joining.
Not sure what to serve for dinner? Let Mario’s Pizza do all the work for you!
The pandemic is clearly behind us, but now we face shipping delays driving many consumers back to the stores. If you live in the Greensboro area, you’re likely to head over to Friendly Center to do some shopping. During your trip, you’ll probably get hungry. Marios Pizza Friendly Center location has many great menu items.
Since 1957, Friendly Center has been a popular shopping destination for consumers living in the Piedmont Triad area. Back then, the shopping center had only 2 blocks with 12 stores each. Over the years, the stores have changed and the outdoor mall has grown.
Today, the shopping complex contains several department stores like Macy’s, Belk, and Sears. Specialty shops like The Children’s Place, Sephora, and Schiffman’s Jewelers also have a storefront. Plus, you’ll also find unique products in shops like Midtown Olive Oil, Love Sac, or The Extra Ingredient. With over 150 unique retailers, you’re sure to find exactly what you need.
As you walk from store to store doing your shopping, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Luckily, delicious food isn’t far away. Mario’s Pizza now also has a location at Friendly Center.
With many eateries to choose from, you may be wondering what sets our pizzeria apart from the competition. Below, we examine our top 6 reasons to dine at our restaurant.
After hours of shopping, a slice of pizza can really satisfy your hunger. The flavors, tangy tomato sauce and gooey cheese atop a bendable yet crispy crust, are the perfect combination. Plus, you can add toppings to suit your taste.
Moreover, Mario’s Pizza makes a fabulous tasting pizza that’s hard to find outside the NY metropolitan area. We start with the freshest ingredients and use old family recipes. The finished product is something truly special. Check out what our customers have to say about our pizza.
While pizza is our specialty, we also serve many other authentic Italian dishes. How about some pasta? We serve several entrees including baked ziti, spaghetti, lasagna, and ravioli. Additionally, we also have both hot and cold subs, strombolis, and calzones. Want something a little lighter? Check out our selection of salads.
With the high cost of eating out, everyone loves saving money on dining costs. That’s why we offer special deals on certain menu items for lunch and dinner. You’ll find a different deal for each day of the week in addition to daily specials. Moreover, you can also find limited-time specials by following us on our Facebook page and Instagram pages.
Who doesn’t like receiving free gifts? When you sign up for our loyalty program, we’ll give you a free slice of pizza as well as a special treat on your birthday.
Then, as part of our community, you can earn free food, cashback, and special offers. We offer double point days, and rewards for social sharing. Simply download our app and start earning today!
Friendly Center lies near the interchange of Wendover and Friendly Avenues in Greensboro. These major roads make it easy to access the mall. Once on the mall property, head over to Harris Teeter. You’ll find our pizzeria nearby, next to Midtown Olive Oil.
Typically, Buffalo and lemon pepper are among the most popular wing flavor choices. We’ve combined these two tastes to create our new dry rub Buffalo lemon pepper flavor. This new flavor combines the spicy kick of cayenne pepper with the citrus notes of lemon pepper. Currently, we only offer this wing flavor at our Friendly Center location.
Will it be your first time visiting the Marios Pizza Friendly Center Location? If so, you may have questions about our restaurant. Below, we answer some commonly asked ones.
You can order our delectable wings with mild, Buffalo, honey BBQ, teriyaki, or sweet chili sauce. However, you can only get our new dry rub Buffalo Lemon Pepper flavor at our Friendly Center location.
For your convenience, our Friendly Center location is open Monday through Thursday from 11 AM until 9 PM. Friday and Saturday you can visit us from 11 AM to 9:30 PM. We’re also open on Sunday from 12 PM until 8 PM.
We do! You can choose from either a rice-based or cauliflower crust. Moreover, if you’re a vegetarian, you can opt for our vegan cheese. Simply let us know when you place your order.
However, please keep in mind that we only have one kitchen to prepare our food. While we do take all dietary restrictions very seriously, with only one area to prepare food, cross-contamination can happen.
Besides our Friendly Center location, we have several restaurants throughout the Piedmont Triad Area:
What are you having for dinner tonight? Stop by Mario’s Pizza and let us serve you.