Marco’s Pizza is a restaurant chain and interstate franchise based in Toledo, Ohio, that specializes in Italian-American cuisine. The first store is in Oregon, Ohio, at Starr Avenue and Wheeling Street. It was founded by Italian immigrant Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco in 1978.
As of mid-2017, there are more than 800 franchised Marco’s Pizza locations in 34 states and Puerto Rico as well as the Bahamas, and India. Most recently, it was announced that Marco’s Pizza has doubled its size and expects to open its 1000th store by the end of 2018. Marco’s Pizza credits its franchisees as well as its fresh dough, three-cheese blend, and secret pizza sauce recipe, created by founder Pat Giammarco, for its strong growth.
Marco’s Pizza menu is available for delivery or take-out, while some locations offer dine-in and catering options. The menu includes pizza, subs, wings, and salads. Also offered are two specialties of Marco’s Pizza, CheezyBread and CinnaSquares, and co-branded Ghirardelli brownies.
Some of Marco’s specialty pizzas include White Cheezy, for which the pizza company won a gourmet competition in California.
Among the unusual and specialty pizzas found at various times on the Marco’s Pizza menu are Chicken Florentine, Pepperoni Magnifico, Chicken Fresco, Spicy Fresco, and Double Pepperoni Spicy Fresco pizzas. The signature ingredient of the Fresco pizzas is Marco’s special Giardiniera, an authentic Italian pepper relish.