Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza will open its first location in Ohio at Great Lakes Mall in the Cleveland suburb of Mentor later this year. The full service, sit-down restaurant will include a full bar and will have both interior and exterior mall entrances.

The restaurant will occupy 4,151 square feet on the west side of the property, adjacent to the Dillard's South building. The addition of Tony Sacco's will also make way for a new mall entrance next to the restaurant.

Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza is known for its custom-built, 1,000 degree anthracite coal-burning oven. The restaurant's sauce is made from scratch with Italian plum tomatoes, basil and garlic. Tony Sacco's also filters all of its water used for dough and beverages.

"We use only the finest ingredients made from scratch each day. There are no freezers, fryers, or microwaves and all of our food is baked exculusively in our custom coal burrning oven," said Michael DuBois, owner of Tony Saccos Mentor.

The restaurant will feature glass walls from the floor to an atrium celing. One glass wall will provide indoor diners an open view to a private outdoor patio setting framed by a serpentine custom stone wall. A smaller, indoor patio will aline the mall concourse for a view of the shopping activity.

Tony Sacco's Coal Oven Pizza currently has seven open locations: two in Florida, two in Michigan, two in Indiana and one in Illinois. Including the Great Lakes Mall location, there are 15 stores in development — seven in Chicago, five in Michigan, one in Indiana and one in North. Carolina.

"We're excited to welcome Tony Sacco's to Great Lakes Mall and provide our guests with another delicious dining and entertaiment option," said Renee Lanzara, marketing and business development director, Great Lakes Mall. "We also know shoppers will welcome the new mall entrance that will be created near the restaurant."

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