Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Gianmarco began helping out at his family’s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Gianmarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three different types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon.
The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat’s kitchen operations, although these days he has considerably more help. Marco's Pizza has 350 locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh, never-frozen cheeses.
On the "specialty pizza" section of the menu at Johnny's Pizza you'll find hawaiian pies topped with canadian bacon and pineapple and italian specials with sausage and green peppers. But the restaurant's trademark pizzas were inspired by another region: New York. Thin-crust-style pies like those in the Big Apple come sprinkled with bacon, feta, sliced meatballs, breaded chicken, and dozens of other familiar and novel toppings.
At Buckhead Pizza Co.'s two locations kitchens bustle as chefs simmer house-made sauce and bake Atlanta-style thin-crust pizzas to a golden brown in 500-degree ovens. They toss fresh regular, whole-wheat, and gluten-free dough and make each pie to order before covering it in signature toppings such as Atlanta steak with caramelized onions and blue cheese. The charming pizzeria also fills cherry-wood tables with crispy flatbreads, calzones, and bubbling pans of lasagna.
Diners take a break from the sun and his unreasonable demands for pizza sacrifices under the outdoor patio's awning, enjoying breezy sunset dinners or cocktail hours filled with frosty brews from shared pitchers and red and white wines from the full bar. Back inside, diners stay entertained by participating in trivia or watching as many games as eyeballs will allow on the eatery's many televisions.