Tulsa, Okla.-based Mazzio's Italian Eatery has opened its first East Coast location in Alexandria, Va.

The 155-unit concept features "create your own" pizza, as well as pasta, salad, sandwich and dessert options.

The new restaurant is operated by franchise owners Raj and Alka Ghandi. The restaurant is an end-cap location in a new shopping center at the intersection of Kings Highway and Richmond Highway. The interior features booths and banquette seating, as well as family-themed artwork.

"We were looking to provide a new food experience to this area and really liked the Mazzio's concept," said Raj. "Mazzio's is a strong company with great food at a great price."

To cater to the tastes of East Coast diners, Mazzio's has redesigned its menu for the Alexandria location.

Mazzio's redesigned menu includes:

  • Mazzio's Specialty Pizzas, created on thin or hand tossed crust with the options of Mazzio's Works, Lucky 7, Pepperoni Trio, Chicken Club, The Islander, Meat Feast, Margherita, Veggie, Napoli, Chicken Spinach Alfredo, Sweet & Spicy BBQ, Mediterranean and Chicken Alfredo. The Specialty Pizzas are available in 9-inch and 15-inch for $8.99 and $13.49, respectively.
  • The Toasted Hoagies, a new addition to the menu, include an Italian Sub, California Club, Turkey Bacon and Ranch, Ham and Cheddar, Hot Tuna Melt and Chicken, Bacon and Swiss. All sandwiches are served on a toasted whole grain hoagie roll with choice of chips or fries and a pickle for $7.99.

"We have made a real effort to incorporate the tastes and flavors of Virginia into our new menu here, and I believe our customers will be pleased with the result," said Greg Lippert, CEO and president. "We are excited to introduce our brand and food to the East Coast, and we look forward to developing more units in this area."

Mazzio's Alexandria restaurant will be open for dine-in or carry out, with store hours from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. A pizza and salad bar buffet will be available Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday night from 5-8 p.m. The lunch buffet is $7.99 and dinner buffet is $8.99.

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