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Mary’s Pizza Shack – A Family Affair

By in 2004 - Volume 6

We recently sold Marioni’s on Sonoma Square in Sonoma to Mary’s Pizza Shack. The company was founded by Mary Fazio in 1959 and her grandchildren currently run the business and have continued the same original recipes, traditions, quality food and passion. Mary’s Pizza Shack provides homemade Italian food at reasonable prices, From one single “shack”, Mary’s has grown to 15 full service casual Italian restaurants in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano and Contra Costa counties.

Cooking homemade Italian food is a rich part of their family history. It all began with the recipes their 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 in instant success.

“I love my customers,” she would say. “I want to 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.

The company is currently run by third generation family members including Cullie Williamson- President & CEO, Vince Albano-VP Restaurant Develop, Bruce Lane-IT Director, Vince Dito-F & B Director, Nanette Albano Lane-Design, and Marie Albano Dito – Contributions. We wish Mary’s family continued success in carrying on the family tradition for many more generations to come.

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About The Author
Steven Zimmerman, CBI, M&AMI, CBB, FIBBA

Steve is the Founder, Principal Broker and Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Realty Company. Steve has personally sold/leased over 1,000 restaurant, bar and/or nightclub businesses and many related commercial buildings totaling 2+ million square feet of commercial space, collaborated with over 2,000 clients and completed over 3,000 valuations since 1996.His real estate experience also includes sales, acquisitions, management and ownership of numerous properties throughout California including restaurants, hotels, apartment buildings, single family houses, an office building and a multi-use retail building. Steve is also the author of Restaurant Dealmaker – An Insider’s Trade Secrets for Buying a Restaurant, Bar or Club available on Amazon. Prior to starting Restaurant Realty Company Steve had over 20 years of restaurant experience and was President and Chief Executive officer of Zim’s Restaurants, which was one of the largest privately owned restaurant chains in the San Francisco Bay Area. READ FULL BIO | HIRE EXPERT WITNESS - LEARN MORE