The Board Game’s Afoot at This Rebranded Pizza Concept

Room and Board, formerly Maya Bella's Pizzeria, sets customers up with more than 100 board and card games while they wait for their pies.

  • Maya Bella’s Pizzeria in Salisbury, Maryland, has been transformed into a board gamer’s paradise called Room and Board.
  • The restaurant still serves pizza while also offering more than 100 games for rent, such as Jenga, Monopoly, Battleship and Clue.

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Thanks to a conceptual refresh at Maya Bella’s Pizzeria in Salisbury, Maryland, customers can mix a little Monopoly with their meat lovers’ pizza. Just remember to call the family-owned shop by its new name: Room and Board.

Owners Ashlee and Matt Thompsen reopened their eatery last week with a different look and something quite different on the menu in addition to pizza: Board and card games like Jenga, Battleship, Clue, Connect 4, Exploding Kittens, Jumanji and others, according to Delmarva Now.

Room and Board’s shelves are lined with the games, which can be rented for $5. There are more than 100 games to choose from. You don’t have to play them, but why wouldn’t you, especially since you can win a slice of the restaurant’s signature dessert, the Sweet Victory—a baked cookie topped with ice cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles and other goodies—or free swag by beating a staff member at any game of their choice?

With the rebranding of Maya Bella’s comes more space in the dining area, with the pizza oven—which once stood in front of the restaurant’s window to grab attention—has been moved out of the way, making room for additional chairs and tables and, of course, games.

But the pizza itself is as good as ever, Matt Thompsen told Delmarva Now. “The reason why we’re still here, eight-and-a-half years later, is based upon Maya Bella’s pizza.”

The New York-style selections include specialties like the popular Kickin’ Bourbon BBQ (BBQ-glazed chicken, red onions and BBQ sauce) and the Mega-Meat (pepperoni, Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs, bacon and ham), along with a build-your-own option and slices. Prices for the specialty pizzas range between $14.99 for 12” pies and $20.99 for the 18-inchers.