Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint Opens 19TH Restaurant, First in Alabama

Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, the original and fastest-growing fast casual pizza chain in North America, will open the 19th unit on March 27th in Auburn, Ala. at the ‘Heart of Auburn’ complex at 339 South College Street, Suite E. To celebrate the newest Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint opening, the restaurant will serve free 9-inch, any three topping, fully-customizable pizzas to all customers in line from 11:00 a.m. through the afternoon on Saturday, March 29th.  One patron in line will be awarded free pizza for a year.

The Auburn Uncle Maddio’s location marks the first of five planned Uncle Maddio’s restaurants in Auburn, Montgomery and Prattville, Alabama. Led by owner operator Troy native Michael DiChiara and several partners, including Auburn University graduates and Auburn, Alabama residents Ernest Lee, Jr. and Clint Wilson, along with Troy, Alabama native Will Hudson, the new Uncle Maddio’s franchisees bring a combination of restaurant, legal, real estate and construction experience. Hudson is a multi-unit owner of restaurants in Alabama, while Lee‘s company Colvin Evans Construction is building its five Uncle Maddio’s units.

“I have strong ties to the Auburn community and there is no other place I would rather open an Uncle Maddio’s than here,” said franchisee owner Michael DiChiara.  “Uncle Maddio’s offers a different kind of pizza restaurant experience where everyone can have a personal pizza made exactly as they want it or select a salad or panini.  I can’t wait for the students and residents of Auburn to create their own favorite pizza and experience the ‘Served with Love’ philosophy for our customers.”

Opening its 19th location in three years, Uncle Maddio’s is growing faster than any other fast casual pizza brand. With 175 units in development, Uncle Maddio’s is attracting multiple unit operators due to the popularity of pizza, the quality of Uncle Maddio’s products, and an executive management team that offers more than 50 years of experience in the restaurant industry including Uncle Maddio’s CEO Matt Andrews who was the co-founder of Moe’s Southwest Grill.  Many current Uncle Maddio’s franchisees are in the process of opening their second and third locations.

Uncle Maddio’s offers a made-from-scratch 9-inch individual pizza with up to three toppings, baked in 6-minutes, for $6.99. Guests choose one of three crusts, includingwhole wheat and  gluten-free options, and have the choice of 48 toppings – six sauces, 27 vegetables and 15 meats. Guests can also order one of the chain’s chef-prepared pizzas for $7.99, along with “take and bake” options for the Uncle Maddio’s experience at home.

Additionally, the menu features create-your-own salads and signature salads, such as Greek, Tuscan Antipasto, and Santa Fe. Toasted panini sandwiches round out the Italian-style menu.

For those with dietary restrictions or specifications, Uncle Maddio’s serves up a huge selection of healthful options like whole wheat and gluten free crusts, hormone-free chicken, fresh local vegetables, Daiya vegan cheese and organic greens.

“We are thrilled to open our first Alabama and college town location,” says Founder and Chief Pizza Maker Matt Andrew, an industry veteran. “This is just the start to our great partnership with Michael as we expand into Alabama.”

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About Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint

Founded in 2008, Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint is the original create-your-own fast casual pizza restaurant.  Operating 19 restaurants in six states, Uncle Maddio’s is fastest growing fast casual pizza restaurant, opening 13 units in 2013, 34 restaurants in development for 2014, and 175 units committed through its franchisee network. Uncle Maddio’s pizzas are completely customizable, made-to-order, and served up in just seven minutes for under $7. Uncle Maddio’s offers four sizes, three types of crusts, including gluten-free, six sauces, and nearly 50 fresh toppings, many vegan, organic, and hormone-free. The freshest menu in the category, Uncle Maddio’s also serves toasted paninis and gourmet salads — all prepared with locally-sourced ingredients and salad dressings that are made daily. Based in Atlanta, Uncle Maddio’s management team is the most experienced in the fast casual category and has targeted Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington DC. for growth through franchising.