A Family Tradition

Mario’s Italian Restaurant: A Family Tradition 

John and Martha Fisichello’s Dream Becomes Mario’s Italian Restaurant/John's Place

Mario’s Italian Restaurant is family owned and operated by the Fisichellos who relocated to North Carolina from New York in 1984. John and Martha currently reside in Matthews and raised three children in Union County. All three of their children grew up in the restaurant business working alongside several of our staff members who have been with the Mario’s family for as long as 20 years.

John Fisichello bought Mario’s Pizza shortly after graduating from Binghamton University in 1980. In 1984, he and his wife, Martha, decided to move to a warmer climate. They sold the pizzeria to his sister, Connie, and her husband Craig, who owned and operated Mario’s in Binghamton for 31 years. John and Martha settled in Charlotte and opened the first Mario’s Pizza in Charlotte in 1986. Mario’s relocated in February 2015 to its new location in Chestnut Arbor at 2945 Matthews Weddington Road. Craig and Connie have since joined the Fisichellos where Craig has assumed the position of executive chef.

Mario’s offers a family friendly environment for casual dining, including 2 patios for nice weather. We offer a large selection of pizza, pasta dishes, Italian dinners, submarines and homemade desserts. Mario’s uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients in all our dishes. All dinners are prepared fresh and made to order.  Our chefs create all dressings and sauces, including our signature marinara, from scratch on a daily basis. Our pizza dough is mixed, rolled, and proofed on premises to create a delicate, crispy crust. Our pizza is then hand tossed by experienced pizza makers just the way you like it.

John’s Place Becomes Part of the Fisichello Family

We had many comments from patrons who wanted to be able to enjoy Mario’s food and drinks on nights out without the kids. The idea for an adult only addition to Mario’s developed from those requests. John’s Place offers the same menu as Mario’s for patrons 16 and over. John’s Place has a friendly neighborhood, casual environment. The warm, inviting atmosphere is a wonderful place to relax, watch your favorite sports and enjoy one of our many delicious entrees.

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