The owners of Benny Marzano’s, which has proven to be a successful business model in Blacksburg, have opened a second location at 120 E. Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke (formerly Glazed Bisque-It). Benny Marconi’s opened yesterday (June 14).
These two restaurants are owned by 2006 Virginia Tech graduates Chris Brown and Zach Toth. Both Benny’s locations specialize in giant slices of pizza cut from 28-inch pies. Slices cost $4 to $5 and toppings include cheese, pepperoni and the special topping of the month. They do sell whole 28-inch pies for $28, which Brown said might sound like a lot of money, but that will feed 8 people and includes tax.
Anyway, it’s the single-slice model that works well for them, a simple concept that has proven popular with VT students. They also keep their restaurant open late into the evening to accommodate hungry night owls.
Chris Brown said the name “Benny” comes from a family friend while the names “Marzano” and “Marconi” are a nod to regions in Italy. Besides the name, one other difference between the two locations is that Benny Marconi’s in Roanoke will serve beer as soon as these guys get their license from the Virginia ABC.
Roanoke had a giant-slice pizza place for a while called 24 Church Avenue Italian restaurant, but it closed. While it was open, I wrote a column that included some interesting history about the giant-slice phenomenon.
To read The Roanoke Times’ review of the Benny Marzano’s in Blacksburg, click here. If you try the pizza at Benny Marconi’s, let us know what you think. Is it a good deal?
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