Marco's Pizza Is the Classic Family Franchise That Keeps On Giving

Have you had Marco's Pizza? It's hard to avoid trying their pizza with over 1000 Marco's Pizzas in 34 states, not to mention locations in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and even India! Their corporate HQ operates from good 'ole Toledo, Ohio where it was founded in 1978 by Italian born Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco. Marco's Pizza credits its success with making authentic Italian pizza with the freshest authentic Italian quality ingredients. And that business model has paid off.

Marco's Pizza was ranked No. 2 in the Pizza category in Entrepreneur Magazine's 2020. "Franchise 500" ranking. This carryout or delivery pizza chain also ranked No. 6 in the Largest Pizza Chain category on Restaurant Business' 2020 "Top 500 Chains" ranking.

In 2014, Marco's Pizza was named the #3 best pizza chain by Consumer Reports on its list of Best and Worst Fast Food Restaurants in America. It was the first time Marco's Pizza had ever appeared on this list.

This delicious pizza also placed No. 4 in Forbes 2019 "Best Franchises to Buy" Small/Medium Investment and has spent five consecutive years on Nation's Restaurant News' prestigious "Top 200" ranking.

Operated under the name Marco's Franchising, LLC, Marco's Pizza is a home run for the franchisee that puts in the work to run this popular pizzeria. With superior ingredients like Marco's pizza sauce, dough, and special three cheese blend opening one of these is a no-brainer. The 1000th store was opened in 2018 and the meatballs and pepperonis are still flying out the door with free delivery at Marco's local restaurants.


Pasquale "Pat" Giammarco was the founder of Marco's Pizza. Giammarco moved to Dearborn, Michigan from the Abruzzo region of Italy when he was nine years old. Pizza was in his blood, since he worked in his family pizzeria all throughout his youth. The sauce you love now on your pizza is the same sauce recipe used back then in the original Giammarco family pizzeria.

In 2002, Jack Butorac was looking for new franchising opportunities. He stopped at all five locations of the Marcos that were open in Ohio. He fell in love with the pizza and wanted to help brand and expand Marco's Pizza to what we know it as today.

Let's Talk About Marco's Pizza Menu

Marco's Pizza menu is known for free delivery, take-out, and catering. The menu includes pizza, subs, chicken wings, salads, CheezyBread, CinnaSquares, pizza bowls, and Italian chocolate Ghiradelli Brownies.

Marco's is all about customization, but if you can't decide, they have the best topping combinations already created for you.

Order This From Marco's Pizza:

1. The White Cheezy Pizza

Bacon, onions, sliced tomatoes, signature white sauce made of garlic and parmesan, and the signature cheese blend, plus feta cheese. Yum. I'm a sucker for white pizza. Especially an award-winning one like The White Cheezy, which won an award at a California gourmet pizza competition.

2. Pepperoni Magnifico

You can't go wrong with pepperoni. Old World Pepperoni, romano parmesan seasoning, signature cheese blend, and that famous sauce.

3. All Meat Pizza Bowl

If you're on a low carb/ high protein diet, you need to seek out a Marco's Pizza Bowl. Crustless pizza with pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, and bacon, baked with original pizza sauce and signature three cheeses, topped with romano parmesan seasoning.

4. Cheezybread

DON'T COME HOME WITHOUT THE CHEEZYBREAD! Fresh-baked bread strips with signature three cheese blend and garlic sauce, served with a side of the original pizza sauce and ranch dipping sauce.

5. Chicken Caesar Salad

Enjoy the fresh lettuce blend, grilled chicken, parmesan cheese, and croutons while your family enjoys the pizza. Even the salads are good, so you'll be happy. Sneak a leftover slice after everyone has gone to bed.