Jacob Perez, Author at Mary's Pizza Shack

Author: Jacob Perez

A Message from the Mary’s Family

Dear Friends & Guests,

We’re excited to announce the next chapter of our Noni’s family legacy. As part of our succession plan to best steward the growth and future of Mary’s Pizza Shack, our family is planning a transition from a centralized 14-unit family company to directly owning and operating individual locations throughout the company. We’re excited to work side-by-side with and mentor the emerging generation of Pizza Makers, Cooks, and Service Crew Members at each restaurant.

Come by and say “hello” to 3rd & 4th generation Mary’s Family—we’re unveiling an evolution of our logo, décor elements and packaging over the coming weeks and keeping all of your favorite homemade recipes.

The way Mary did it, we still do!

Mary’s Pizza Shack Partners with Toys for Tots

Mary’s Pizza Shack partnered once again with Toys for Tots this year. Our customers generously gave toy donations at each of our fourteen locations.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Christmas bright with a donation to Toys for Tots in each of our eleven communities!

Holiday Activities for your Staycation from Mary’s Pizza Shack

Home for the Holidays this year? Like everything in 2020, this holiday season is going to look and feel different. As a result, it’s likely that you’re staying at home for the next couple of weeks. While you hunker down, Mary’s Pizza Shack is here to help you shelter in your happy place! We’ve compiled some homemade holiday activities to help brighten the season. We hope that these bring warmth to your home and family no matter how you celebrate or observe this time. Our wish for you, as it has been since the start of the pandemic, is that you know that even if we are distanced, we are never alone.

-Happy Holidays from Mary’s Pizza Shack!

#1 – Listen to Mary’s Homemade Holiday Playlist

Just like our original recipes, even our playlists are homemade! We asked some of our Crew what their favorite holiday songs were, and from there we curated this Homemade Holiday Playlist. Now you can listen above using the Spotify player, or you can listen on the app here.

#2 – Mary’s Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

Mary's Pizza Shack Virtual Background

Show off the tastiest Zoom background for your holiday parties. They are eye-catching AND mouth-watering! And you can find the entire collection of Mary’s Pizza Shack Virtual Backgrounds here!

#3 – “Kids Make” Bambino Pizza Kits

"Kids Make" Bambino Pizza Kits

Even though you can’t dine-in at the Shack, you can bring the Shack to your home! Our “Kids Make” Bambino Pizza Kits allow your little pizza makers to build (or play) with our original pizza dough and toppings of their choice. In addition, each Pizza Kit comes with cooking instructions—enjoy our original flavors from the comfort and safety (and fun!) of your home. Available at participating locations.

As a bonus holiday staycation activity, all of our locations offer Curbside Pick-up and Contactless Delivery for your convenience and safety. To find the nearest Mary’s Pizza Shack in your neighborhood, click here.

Gift Ideas and Offers for the Holidays from Mary’s Pizza Shack

We may be distanced, but we are not alone! Let Mary’s Pizza Shack help you bring cheer this holiday season with the following gift ideas and offers. And you don’t need to worry about long lines or shipping delays because you can find all of these on MarysPizzaShack.com! Be sure to share these offers with a friend to drop them a hint of your wish list.

Buy $50 in Gift Cards, and You Get $10 in Mary’s Money for Yourself

Gift Card Offer from Mary's Pizza Shack - Buy $50 Get $10

The Mary’s Pizza Shack Gift Card is the perfect stocking stuffer with the added bonus of getting $10 of Mary’s Money to use on yourself. This offer expires on December 31, 2020, so order yours today. And don’t stop at one $50 Gift Card; you’ll get $10 back for every $50 you spend. This is a win-win for everyone!

Mary’s Italian Family Cookbook

Gift Idea: Mary’s Italian Family Cookbook

This gift is over sixty years in the making! Our cookbook is filled with stories that tell the history of our founder Mary Fazio and her beloved Pizza Shack. The recipes range from our classic favorites like our Spaghetti and GIANT Meatball to family favorites you will not find anywhere else. Additionally, the photos in this Cookbook of the family and food is a heart-warming touch. On sale through December 31, 2020, an offer for ONLY $19.95, surprise your home chef with this gift that will be sure to become their instant favorite.

Mary’s BIG Meal Deals

Gift them Mary's BIG Family Meal Deals - Only $49.95

The best gifts are the most delicious and ones that you can share! Our three $49.95 BIG Meal Deals are our most popular offer, and we can’t think of a tastier treat for your family and loved ones. Are you wondering what’s for dinner tonight? Let us handle the cooking. We offer Curbside Pick-up and Contactless Delivery at ALL of our locations.

Updates on our Open Locations

UPDATED Thursday, July 2, 2021

All our locations are OPEN for Limited Indoor Seating, Pickup, and Contactless Delivery for your safety and convenience.

Curbside Pickup is available at participating locations.

Thank you!

-Mary’s Pizza Shack

Mary’s Presents our Zoom Virtual Backgrounds!

Add some homemade creativity to your Zoom conference calls with these “Mary’s Pizza Shack Virtual Backgrounds”!

Free to download and fun to use, you will be the most popular video feed on the call, guaranteed!

Click the links below to view the image and save.

 

First Virtual Background

 

Second Virtual Background

 

Third Virtual Background

 

Fourth Virtual Background

 

Fifth Virtual Background

A Personal Message from Vince Albano

Dear Mary’s Pizza Shack family and guests,

I, my family, and all of our managers and crew members at Mary’s Pizza Shack want to let you know that your health and safety is always our top priority, and, given concerns surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus, I want to personally assure you of our continued food safety and sanitation practices. We have been in business for over 60 years, and our commitment to a fun and safe environment remains the same as it was when my Noni started her Shack in 1959.

A great experience at Mary’s begins with the pride we’ve taken in maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness in our restaurants. Also, we are vigilantly following the latest developments and guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and other appropriate agencies. The good news is that our health and safety procedures, listed below, are exactly what these agencies are recommending:

  • We disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects with sanitizing cleaners after each contact
  • All Crew Members wash hands every 20 minutes with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth
  • We monitor dishwasher sanitization levels, ensuring they are at the proper and recommended specifications, throughout each shift
  • Most important, all Crew Members are prohibited from working if they show any sign of illness
  • Additionally, should you feel more comfortable enjoying our homemade recipes at your home, we are ensuring extra precautions with our delivery drivers and delivery partners for a seamless and safe delivery experience.

We will continue to monitor information from public health and government officials, and we will remain vigilant in our preventative measures to ensure our restaurants remain clean and our communities safe.

I sincerely thank you for your ongoing business, friendship, and support. Whether from the familiarity of our restaurants or the relaxation of your own homes, please know that our Crew Members are ready to deliver our Italian comfort food to you.

Sincerely,

 

Vince Albano

CEO and Mary’s Grandson

Mary’s Pizza Shack

5 Star Yelp Review for the Fairfield Store

We wanted to share this 5 Star Yelp review for our Fairfield location from Betty:

“This is probably my most favorite pizza place. It’s not your normal pizza joint! They have many other offerings, their salads are so good. The pesto sticks – amazing. The service is really good. They run a tight ship there. The General Manager, Jason, always makes sure we get taken care of. When I dine in, I always ask for Stacy. She’s a sweetheart. The people making the pizzas always welcome us in. My grandson loves how they sometimes throw the pizza dough in the air. It’s like dinner and a show!”

Thank you, Betty, and thank you to Jason, Stacy and the entire Fairfield team.

Find us here on Yelp.

Our 7 Favorite Recipes for January from the Mary’s Cookbook

January means bundling up from the cold weather and filling our hearts and stomachs with warm food. Here are our seven favorite recipes, perfect for January, from our Italian Family Cookbook!

#7 – Spaghetti and Giant Meatballs

Spaghetti and Giant Meatballs

For sixty years, this dish has never been off the menu at Mary’s Pizza Shack. Few offerings on our menu are as beloved as these giant meatballs, especially on top of a hearty portion of spaghetti with meat sauce. Now you can bring the classic flavors to your kitchen.

#6 Baked Polenta with Sausage and Mushroom Sauce

Baked Polenta with Sausage and Mushroom Sauce

In Italy, shops selling housewares stock plug-in polenta paddles that can be clipped to the side of the pot to do the stirring. At the restaurant, Mary served polenta with a hearty sauce of sausage and mushrooms. She also served polenta with Rabbit alla Ischiatana when making it for her family at home.

#5 – Three-Cheese Calzone

Three-Cheese Calzone

The Three-Cheese Calzone is perfect for satisfying hearty appetites. You shape the dough into a round the same way as for a pizza, but you fold it over a creamy three-cheese filling, seal the edges, and bake until lightly puffed and golden brown. Before serving, each calzone is topped with tomato sauce and cheese and returned to the oven just long enough for the cheese to become bubbly and irresistible. Got teenagers at home? Take it from us: We guarantee they’ll clean their plates.

#4 Toto’s Italian Remedy Soup

Toto's Italian Remedy Soup

Toto swears by this soothing chicken-and-rice soup as the Italian grandparents’ cure-all. Cold Season is here, and a big part of the magical healing properties of Toto’s chicken soup comes from the comforting smell of the simmering broth, which seeps into every corner of the house.

#3 – Stuffed Pasta Shells

Stiffed Pasta Shells

Stuffed shells are a classic Italian American comfort food. It takes a little extra time to stuff each shell with the ricotta mixture, but the results are worth it. The Cookbook also provides information for a vegetarian option.

#2 – Minestrone

Minestrone

Mary’s original soup of the day was a sturdy vegetable-beef combination. When customers began to ask about minestrone, an Italian restaurant standard, Mary developed her own version, serving up a hearty bowl filled with pinto beans slowly simmered with smoked pork shank, then combined with onions, carrots, tomatoes, pasta, and spinach. Like many hearty soups, this keeps well and tastes even better the next day!

#1 – Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan

A big, bubbling pan of Chicken Parmesan is truly the pinnacle of January cooking. We like to serve our Chicken Parmesan over a side of creamy fettuccine Alfredo.

If you made it, we’d love to see it!

We love to see photos of our customers enjoying the recipes. Tag us on Instagram or on Facebook. Order your Italian Family Cookbook today – Happy Cooking!