Marco’s Pizza Transforms America’s Favorite Food Into Crustless Specialty Pizza Bowls

For those on low-carb diets, pizza is finally back on the menu!

Marco’s Pizza has launched a new take on pizza by unveiling Specialty Pizza Bowls — a crustless pie made to meet consumers ever-changing dietary preferences. The Specialty Pizza Bowls debuted on March 9 as a permanent feature on the Marco’s menu.

Marco's Pizza's new Pizza Bowls, which are crustless pizzas. The photo shows them served in red ceramic casserole dishes.

As a market leader, Marco’s Specialty Pizza Bowls allow consumers to enjoy their favorite food while following their higher-protein, lower-carb diets. The new menu item comes in three varieties: Deluxe, All Meat and Garden. Each features Marco’s signature cheese blend that is fresh, never frozen, and its original sauce recipe developed by founder Pat Giammarco. The Specialty Pizza Bowls start at the suggested menu price of $8.49. Prices may vary depending on location.

New menu item meets demand for low-carb options

“The Specialty Pizza Bowl is everything you love about pizza minus the crust,” said Marco’s Pizza SVP, Chief Experience Officer Steve Seyferth. “As one of the nation’s fastest-growing pizza brands, adapting to consumer trends is part of our DNA. While others in the QSR space have developed breadless options, this concept is bold and refreshing for our category — it will transform the way people eat and enjoy their pizza.”

As a carb-cutting alternative, the bowl craze has grown into a powerful concept in the food and beverage industry. Now, Marco’s brings these crustless sensations to customers as a natural extension of its popular Specialty Pizza line, providing a different way for pizza lovers and families to experience its high-quality, Italian ingredients.

“Marco’s Pizza will always be committed to high-quality ingredients. This product allows us to do so in a new, innovative, and carb-conscious way,” said Seyferth. “We wanted to give pizza lovers another option to eating their favorite food. No one can match our beloved toppings wrapped together in a delicious baked bowl. Marco’s officially gives you permission to eat pizza with a fork!”

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A look at the new Milan store design package that Marco’s Pizza is now rolling out. This image shows an ordering counter that has a solid white countertop and white subway tiles on the side, and a black and white Marco’s logo. Pst the counter, you see shelves holding pizza boxes as well as the kitchen. To the left, you see the dining area, featuring chairs and tables that are a light-colored wood. Beyond the tables is a mural showing black and white photos of historic Marco’s Pizza locations as well as products. An oak-color wood floor ties the room together.

A look inside the latest store design for Marco’s Pizza.

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Headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Marco’s Pizza is one of the fastest-growing pizza companies in the United States. Marco’s was founded in 1978 by Italian-born Pasquale (“Pat”) Giammarco and thrives by making authentic Italian quality pizza with fresh ingredients. The company has grown from its roots as a beloved Ohio brand to operate 900 plus stores in over 34 states with locations in Puerto Rico and the Bahamas.

Marco’s was named America’s Most Loved and Most Trusted Pizza Brand, according to the 2019 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Most recently, Marco’s Pizza was ranked No. 4 in Forbes “Best Franchises to Buy” 2019 Study/Medium Investment, and No. 39 on Entrepreneur’s 2019 Franchise 500 ranking. Other recent accolades include ranking No. 2 on Entrepreneur’s 2018 Top 200 Food and Restaurant Franchises in the pizza segment, and No. 8 on the Military Times Best: Franchises 2018 list.