Friday, August 8, 2014

Lisbon, OH Edition: Mary's Pizza Shop

Mary's CollageAfter our trip to the Rogers Flea Market, Kayla's family insisted we go to Mary's Pizza. Apparently this place is so popular it has hourslong wait times. Her parents called in the order before we even left the flea market.

The shop opened in 1961 with fresh tomatoes, homemade thick crust, original sauce that has kept it as one of the most popular restaurants in the area. It was originally ran out of a home, and is still owned and run by the same family. It is located at 301 North Beaver Street (330-424-3559).

Mary's PizzaThe storefront is somewhat hidden, and only a half dozen or so parking spots are out front. But once you see that giant pizza pie stained glass, you know you're in the right place.

Inside, there are a handful of tables, but most of their business is take-out. The phone is constantly ringing off the hook, and workers are slinging finished pizzas into a rack. Despite calling a good bit in advance, we still waited a bit for our pies.

Once they came out, it was so, so worth it.

They're not large diameter-wise, but as far as thickness goes - they're huge. It was reminiscent of Chicago deep-dish pizza with tons of layers of ingredients piled high with a thick, stringy layer of cheese on top.

We had ours decked out with everything. Huge chunks of peppers, sausage, onions and more melding with a slightly sweet sauce tons of cheese - all sitting atop a combination of a fluffy crust with a crisp bottom. It was pretty great.

Mary's PizzaDon't expect a thin slice here, but what you receive may even be better. Depending on your preference. I know this: I liked this. A lot. It will definitely be on my list to try when I head back to the area.

Grade: A
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