Mario’s Italian Restaurant: A Family Tradition
John and Martha Fisichello’s Dream Becomes Mario’s Italian Restaurant/John’s Place
Mario’s Italian Restaurant is family owned and operated by the Fisichellos who relocated to North Carolina from New York in 1984. John and Martha currently reside in Matthews and raised three children in Union County. All three of their children grew up in the restaurant business working alongside several of our staff members who have been with the Mario’s family for as long as 20 years.
John Fisichello bought Mario’s Pizza shortly after graduating from Binghamton University in 1980. In 1984, he and his wife, Martha, decided to move to a warmer climate. They sold the pizzeria to his sister, Connie, and her husband Craig, who owned and operated Mario’s in Binghamton for 31 years. John and Martha settled in Charlotte and opened the first Mario’s Pizza in Charlotte in 1986. Mario’s relocated in February 2015 to its new location in Chestnut Arbor at 2945 Matthews Weddington Road. Craig and Connie have since joined the Fisichellos where Craig has assumed the position of executive chef.