Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint celebrates its grand opening

Courtesy of Restaurant News

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, located on E. Lafayette Street, celebrated its grand opening weekend from Feb. 5-7.

Customers were able to get a free nine-inch, three topping pizza between the hours of 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. Friday if they signed up for a promotion code via Uncle Maddio’s Facebook page.

Customers were offered the same promotion Saturday with the pairing of a $2 craft beer. For the kids, a bounce house, face painting and balloon artist were available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

General manager Keon Scott said they make sure customers leave with a smile.

“We care so much about the product we’re putting out and we work hard every day to make sure we satisfy our customers,” Scott said.

Some customers, like Michael and Kathy Bland, said the first thing they noticed was the crust. Michael Bland said the crust is great and the edges are thick and the perfect size. Kathy Bland said it’s very fresh and it’s fun to pick out the toppings.

“You can see them all and decide if they’ll be good or not right off the bat. The crust is great, and this is my first time eating at a Maddio’s,” Bland said.

Bland also pointed out that the location is convenient because it’s near the shopping mall, and she was surprised there was enough parking.

“Most stores these days don’t think about their locations when it comes to parking so I was impressed,” Bland said.

Owner of Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, Michael Holmes, said there are two things that sets Maddio’s apart from other pizza joints.

“One, we have a bunch of toppings. You can create over three million combinations with it, so endless toppings. Two, ‘Serve, Love, and Culture.’ Our employees really bring those three things to life so I think that is what will set us apart from any other pizza place,” Holmes said.

Holmes said the founder of Uncle Maddio’s was a co-founder of Moe’s Southwest Grill. He grew that company and decided to have the same concept, but with pizza instead.

“We have the ‘make it in front of you’ concept. Everything is super fresh, and we have 40 restaurants in the chain and our first restaurant was located in Florida,” Holmes said.

The grand opening weekend ended on Sunday with a kids eat free special, a bounce house, face painter and balloon artist from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.