Marcoâ€™s Pizza (Marcoâ€™s Franchising, LLC), headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, is one of the 25 largest pizza chains in the U.S., as ranked by PMQ's Piz.. read moreza Magazine. Founded in 1978 by Pasquale â€śPatâ€ť Giammarco, Marcoâ€™s Pizza is committed to making Ah!thentic Italian pizza with fresh ingredients. Since then the franchise has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 180 stores in 17 states.
Marcoâ€™s Pizza founder Pasquale â€śPatâ€ť Giammarco moved to the U.S. from Italy when he was nine years old and grew up working in his familyâ€™s pizzeria. He later embarked on a mission to make high quality pizza on a larger scale using a secret sauce recipe that he developed and refined with his father.
Giammarco focused on three key areas: dough, sauce and cheese. He established three standards in order to deliver the consistent levels of quality and freshness expected of Marcoâ€™s products: dough made fresh daily in each store; a proprietary sauce recipe that blends imported spices and three types of vine-ripened tomatoes; and an exclusive blend of three fresh cheeses (never frozen, unlike many pizza chains).
The first Marco's Pizza store opened in Toledo in 1978. Gradually, stores opened throughout the Midwest and beyond. The Marcoâ€™s Pizza menu broadened as well, to include hot sub sandwiches, salads and Cheezybread for carryout and delivery.
Today, there are more than 180 franchised and company-managed Marcoâ€™s Pizza stores in 17 states.
Facts and Figures
* Marco's Pizza is on track to open more than 40 new stores this year - more than twice as many as last year.
* More than 700 new Marco's locations have been signed, which means the company will quadruple its store count in the coming years.
* Marco's Pizza operates stores in 17 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.