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Neon lettering reads: Come inside and never leave.

Big Mario’s is ready to debut its new location in lower Queen Anne at 815 Fifth Ave N. It’s the second spot for the Capitol Hill pizzeria, a reliable Pike/Pine destination for the hunger-stricken nightlife crowd (presumably after a couple rounds).

Like its predecessor, the new joint maintains its divey New York feel, with a brick accent wall featuring a Saturday Night Fever- esque picture of Big Mario himself, vintage images including a glowing Farrah Fawcett, a red-lit bar in the back, and of course the infamous takeout car out front. Doors open today at 11 am and the first 100 people get a free slice.

Big Mario’s partner Mike McConnell owns Caffe Vita just up the street; when the Greek restaurant Panos Kleftiko shut down, he suggested Big Mario’s take it over. The Big Mario's team aims to expand into West Seattle and the U District as well.

Like the original, the new Big Mario’s serves pies and highly foldable slices (and delivers). In the future the menu may expand into more family-style dishes like pasta, as befits the more family friendly vibe here. Mario’s will be open every day from 11-2am. Visit the pizzeria's website for more information.



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