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THE DISH: Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint

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Staff Photos: Meghan Kotowski Uncle Maddio's serves, from bottom clockwise, cannolis, Greek salads and gluten-free steak and blue pizza.

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Uncle Maddio's

Uncle Maddio's

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The fast-casual restaurant has booths and tables for those who dine in for a meal.

ON THE MENU

• Southwest baja pizza — Tomato and basil sauce with mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, southwest spiced grilled chicken, black bean corn salsa, jalapenos, cilantro and sour cream, medium for $13.50

• Chicken club pizza — Buttermilk ranch dressing, mozzarella and cheddar cheese with grilled chicken, bacon, roma tomatoes and lettuce, individual for $8

• Maddio’s house salad — Mixed greens topped with grilled chicken, mandarin oranges, almonds, red onions and cucumbers served with a raspberry vinaigrette dressing, $7.50

• Eggplant Parmesan panini — Lightly breaded eggplant baked, then tossed in homemade marinara sauce and topped with caramelized onions, fresh basil, mushrooms and mozzarella, $7

3320 Buford Drive, Suite 40, Buford

770-932-2020

www.facebook.com/UncleMaddiosPizzaJointMallOfGA

Open since: June 21

Owners: Donald and Elouise Lamar, husband and wife

Location: Uncle Maddio's is located at the intersection of Buford Drive and Woodward Crossing Boulevard, next to Super Cuts.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week

Atmosphere: The corporate motto is, "Served with love."

It's on the back of the staff's T-shirt and employees will say it when they drop off your food.

"It's part of our culture to be connected with out community's and be a part of it," said Cindy Wahl, field marketing manager.

To order, guests walk up, work directly with a pizza maker and watch them build as they go. You can finish your order at the cashier, pay and find a seat until they deliver the meal.

"You can tell them to be heavy sauce or not so many onions," Wahl said. "You can make it how you like it."

Currently, there are no alcoholic beverages available, but they will be in the near future -- beer and wine only.

"I wouldn't have any more than that," co-owner Donald Lamar said. "We're a family establishment."

Menu: Uncle Maddio's serves pizza, salad, paninis and dessert at a fast pace -- and with fresh ingredients.

Everything is made in house: the dough, sauces, salad dressings, meatballs and sausages. The vegetables are locally sourced and many of them are organic. There is also vegan cheese available for those who have a dairy allergy.

"The create your own has probably been the most popular thing, so far," Lamar said. "You have a chance to express your creativity."

Choose your dough, choose your sauce and choose the topping. After that, it's six minute in the oven.

The one dough that isn't made at the restaurant is the gluten-free type because of the risk of cross contamination.

"This is a place where my daughter can eat," Lamar said. "My 14-year-old has a lot of allergies, including wheat and dairy, so the choices were limited."

She can eat every day at Uncle Maddio's."We've got a little following in the gluten-free community," Wahl said. "We were even at the gluten-free expo over at the Gwinnett Center. We are thorough with our staff in training. They know to ask if it's an allergy or a preference."

With an allergy, the staff uses new gloves, toppings from a different location, use separate pans and cutters for the pie.

On a diet? Uncle Maddio's offers a build your own salad option as well. Guests can build a salad with mixed greens, a choice of protein (chicken, steak or tofu), four vegetables, one cheese and a side of dressing.

If you're in a hurry, there is carry out or the Take and Bake option (the employees cook the crust slightly, add your topping and you take it home to bake).

Things you might not know: This is the first Uncle Maddio's to open in Gwinnett County.

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Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint

Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint