W.Va.'s first Marco's Pizza now open
HUNTINGTON -- Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco opened his first Marco's Pizza in 1978. Today Marco's Pizza is one of the fastest growing chains with more than 300 locations in 28 states and the Bahamas.
The first Marco's in the Mountain State opened in downtown Huntington on Nov. 27. It is located on the corner of 5th Avenue and 1st Street.
"I believe we were the 330th store," said Mike Chapman, owner of the Huntington location. "The company is planning on opening 150 stores next year. Our goal is to plan to open between five or six stores between Charleston and the Huntington/Ashland area.
Specialty pies at Marco's include "The White Cheezy" served with four types of cheese, bacon, onions, sliced tomatoes and a garlic butter sauce. Another specialty is the "Hawaiian Chicken" topped with ham, chicken, bacon, pineapple and extra cheese. Specialty pizzas start at $10.99 for a 10-inch small and go to $19.95 for a 16-inch extra large. Plain pizzas start at $6.95 for a small and range to $11.95 for an extra large. The restaurant also offers a variety of submarine sandwiches starting at $4.99 for a six-inch and $7.99 for a 12-inch sub. Among the sandwiches are the "Meatball Fabio" (with meatballs, cheese and marinara) and the Italiano (ham, salami, provolone cheese, banana peppers, tomatoes, red onions and sub dressing).
For the rest of the month Marco's is currently offering a grand opening special of a large two-topping pizza for $8.99.
"Our pizza has some Italian secret recipes," Chapman said. "We make our dough fresh in the store every day, and the sauce is a special blend made specially for Marcos. Our cheese is fresh, never frozen, and we are generous with our toppings. We also have free 'crust toppers' such as garlic butter, Roma seasoning or parmesan cheese. I think the quality of the pizza will help us stick out. We have had hundreds and hundreds of people tell us this is the best pizza they have ever had. We have had nothing but praise all the way through."
Marco's Pizza is located 110 5th Ave., in downtown Huntington. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. The restaurant delivers to most Huntington locations. For carry-out or delivery, call 304-534-5757. For an online menu, additional store locations, and franchise information visit the website at http://marcos.com/home.
If you go: Marco's Pizza
Food: Pizza, subs, sandwiches
Address: 110 5th Ave., Huntington
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Payments accepted: Cash and all major credit/debit cards.
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