Headquartered in Toledo,OH,Marco’s Pizza (Marco’s Franchising, LLC) is the fastest-growing pizza company in the U.S. (based on the number of stores signed into development since 2007). Marco's was founded by native Italian, Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco, and is committed to making Ah!thentic Italian pizza with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate more than 500 stores in 35 states, and the Bahamas. In the summer of 2014 Puerto Rico and India are slated to open the first of many Marco's stores in those locales. Marco's was recently voted number 3 by Consumer Reports, and is fast becoming recognized as one of the top-performing restaurant franchises in the country in addition to have the best, "Ah!thentic" Italian pizza.
Marco’s Pizza founder Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco moved to the U.S. from Italy when he was nine years old and grew up working in his family’s pizzeria. He later embarked on a mission to make high quality pizza on a larger scale using a secret sauce recipe that he developed and refined with his father.
Giammarco established three standards in order to deliver the consistent levels of quality and freshness expected of Marco’s products: dough made fresh daily in each store; a proprietary sauce recipe that blends imported spices and three types of vine-ripened tomatoes; and an exclusive blend of three fresh cheeses (never frozen, unlike many pizza chains).
The first Marco's Pizza store opened in Toledo in 1978. Gradually, stores opened throughout the Midwest and beyond. The Marco’s Pizza menu broadened as well, to include hot sub sandwiches, salads and Cheezybread for carryout and delivery. Today, there are more than 500 Marco’s Pizza stores in 35 states and the Bahamas.
In 2013 Marco's Pizza added 109 new stores and as of March 2014, has over 500 stores in 35 states, doubling in size over the last five years. More than 1500 new Marco's locations are on their way, which means the company will quadruple its store count in the next few years.
Cameron Cummins, Vice President of Franchise Marketing & Recruitment