Ninety-one percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month, but if pizza sales at Mt. Juliet's newest pizzeria are counted in the mix, those numbers are off the charts.
Marco's Pizza opened a couple weeks ago, and the owner said they are making pizza to beat the band, which is great with him.
Located at 2231 North Mt. Juliet Road, Marco's Pizza prides itself on authentic Italian artisan pizza.
"Our pizza is made with fresh, real ingredients, and the dough is made in the store daily," said Marketing Manager Anthony Mitchell, who talked with The Wilson Post between deliveries. "Mt. Juliet is the place to be with all the economic growth here. It's an awesome town. I don't think the pizza market is over saturated."
He said what sets them apart is the pizza sauce, the same recipe used by Pasquale Giammarco, who immigrated to America with his family at age nine and started his first pizza restaurant in 1978 in Toledo, Ohio.
Business is booming in Mt. Juliet. The biggest seller to date in this area is the Deluxe Uno that has cheese, peppers, sausage, onions and more.
Their signature pizza is the "White Cheesy" that doesn't use the original red sauce, but garlic parmesan sauce, bacon, onion, tomatoes and feta cheese.
"We've been crushed," Mitchell said. "We are thrilled with all the positive feedback, and we already have return customers."
They deliver most of Mt. Juliet and have excellent salads with fresh-made croutons.
"We also have great sub sandwiches," he said. "Our steak and cheese is the best, in my opinion."
There's a $10 lunch special with a medium two topping pizza and two drinks, and a $9.99 specialty pizza.
Mitchell said Marco's is a community partner and takes part in school fundraisers and more.
And Marco's has desserts. Their salted caramel and white chocolate brownies are "the bomb," said Mitchell.
Because they are so busy, they are having a hard time staffing. If interested in working at this franchise call (615) 754-3200. Owner Anthony Horn said he is thinking of another franchise, and Lebanon is not out of the question.
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