Cooking homemade Italian food is a rich part of our family history. It all began with the recipes our grandmother Mary Fazio served in the "shack". Mary Fazio was born in New York City to immigrants of Ischia, Italy, a small island just west of Naples. In 1959, Mary took her own pots and pans from home, $700 savings and a passion for great Italian food to start Mary's Pizza Shack and the restaurant became an instant success. "I love my customers," she would say. "I want to take care of them. I guess I just love people." Mary proved that everywhere she went. At grocery stores and local shops, she was notorious for scribbling her signature on a napkin for locals and friends, valid for a free pizza.
Mary's Pizza Shack operates 17 locations, based on Mary Fazio's original recipes, traditions, quality food and passion. Mary's Pizza Shack serves a variety of homemade Italian food including pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, salads, breadsticks, appetizers and desserts at moderate prices. The dressings, sauces, dough and soups are all made from scratch using Mary's original recipes from her original Shack. Each item is made to order and there are no heat lamps, frozen dough or canned sauces. All pasta meals include soup or salad and sourdough bread. Signature items include "baseball sized" meatballs, pesto breadsticks, salads, linguini with clams, gnocchi, homemade soups and desserts and of course the legendary pizza!
All Mary's locations have open kitchens, so that you can watch the chefs make the pizza and pasta (and Mary's pizza cooks are known to give kids free salami slices). Mary's Pizza Shack continues Mary's traditions of having free breadsticks in a basket at the front counter. Although Mary Fazio passed away in 1999, her legacy lives on in her family and restaurants as a Sonoma County legend. The Boyes Hot Springs location still saves her parking space with a "reserved for Mary" sign. Today, Mary's Pizza Shack is no longer a "shack", but it continues to be a family-run organization, carrying on her family traditions and passion. The Sonoma County tradition continues.