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“Buffet”
Review of Mazzio's Pizza

Mazzio's Pizza
Ranked #211 of 332 Restaurants in Norman
Cuisines: Pizza
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2 reviews
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“Buffet”
Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

They have a buffet on Tuesdays from 5-8pm. We've been to this mazzio's numerous times for this. It has always been pretty good in the past. However, the last 2 times we went, which were about a month apart, there was very little pizza on their buffet line and empty containers on their salad line. We went there tonight at 7pm-4/15-and not only was there no pizza but the salad line was gross. Looked like no one had cleaned it in some time. Also, there was not a clean table in the entire place. Dirty plates on most of them and the ones that didn't have dirty plates had not been wiped off. The manager should be ashamed of such a dirty restaurant. We paid for our meal, got our plates and when we turned around and saw the condition of the place, we quickly got our money back and left. Advice, look at the buffet before you pay. This mazzio's is off our list of places to eat.

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Moore, Oklahoma
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“Not your father's Mazzio's...too bad!”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Positives: convenient location, value prices, salad bar
Negatives: spongy crust, everything tastes the same

In a sense, Mazzio's is "Oklahoma's pizza house". Begun in Tulsa in 1961, the chain now has stores across Oklahoma and in eight other states.

Although it's a college town, Norman has relatively few pizza parlors. This store is our "go to" location for pizza in that community.

Location and Parking:

Mazzio's at Brookhaven Village differs from most of their other restaurants. Situated on the north end of an upscale retail/office complex, this restaurant is easy to see from the busy intersection of Robinson and 36th Avenue NW.

Parking is limited near the entrance. Some spaces are provided on the north side of the store. You can also park along the east side of the building. If those spots are full, common parking is provided further out.

Inside the Restaurant:

The dining area is well arranged, but doesn't seem to be as large as other Mazzio's stores. Walls are decorated with scenes reflecting the University of Oklahoma.

Value-priced meals and coupons attract large groups, particularly during traditional meal times. Employees are often slow to clear tables after groups leave. However, if you arrive "before the rush", or come during off-peak hours, you will probably find plenty of clean places to sit.

Menu:

Mazzio's stores offer a variety of value-based "Pricebuster" pizzas, a line of "Mastercraft" (artisan) pizzas, plus Calzone Rings, breadsticks, sandwiches, pastas, and appetizers. They are one of the few chains that still offers a full salad bar.

Food...the Bad News:

We've eaten at Mazzio's (and their predecessor, Ken's Pizza) over 45 years, and have noticed an overall decline in food taste across the chain. Items made with their dough have a certain "blah" sameness, and toppings don't have a distinctive flavor. Family members ranging from 19 to 55 have commented on the difference compared with a few years ago.

At this particular store, we've noticed the crust is never prepared quite right. When cooked correctly, thin-crust pizza is crisp but is not tough. At this store, thin-crust pizza is tough and a little chewy. Original crust pizzas are also tough...and very chewy.

Price doesn't seem to make a difference. Value-based "Pricebuster" pizzas and more expensive specialty pizzas all suffer from blah taste and tough, blase' crust.

Some Good Food News:

The salad bar, however, is a bright spot. It's usually clean and well-stocked with fresh greens, tomatoes, eggs, diced ham, and a number of other condiments. Several popular dressings are available, along with bacon bits, sunflower seeds, and other toppings. Also...

This location was one of the first in our area to install a Coke "Freestyle" machine that offers 127 flavors. It's a popular attraction for many, including our family.

The Bottom Line:

This store is not too bad, not too good...but unlike Goldilocks, it's not "just right". In general Mazzio's is a good place to feed a large group or have a nice salad, but if you're looking for distinctive pizza and pasta, I'd recommend you look elsewhere.

Final note: We have a lot of good memories of Ken's/Mazzio's. They were never "New Jersey" style pizza...I don't think they intended to be...but they were a flag-bearer for a type of "mid-American" food. Hopefully, they'll assess their position, correct problems (particularly with the crust) and move toward the "head of the pack" where they once were.

  • Visited December 2012
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Washington, OK
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“Mazzio's is pretty good, sometimes.”
Reviewed July 15, 2010

I have to be honest, when I think of Pizza I think of Mazzio's. I like the taste. The physical building is all right, but prohibiting kids would help a lot. Or putting them in a sound-proof room would also be acceptable. My complaint is that whomever makes the pizzas forgets that food is more than just a pile of ingredients. There are times when the topping on my pizza looks like it's been swept off the floor and dumped somewhere close to the crust. All the cheese, sausage, and sauce form a pile off to one side leaving the other as a browned bread whit a hint of tomato. At other times the shrapnel for an earlier order finds it's way onto my pizza. I hate olives. I hate raw onions. I never order them on anything. Yet there have been a number of times when I bit into a nice warm slice of pizza and discover them. I can't help but wonder how a person with allergic reactions to these things would handle that. Of course, anyone with an onion allergy would probably never show up in a pizza joint in the first place. My point is that carelessness on the part of people who prepare food hurts the establishment. They need to understand that serving people is not the same as dumpunt food into a dopg dish.

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Clarksburg, WV
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“Okay for american italian food”
Reviewed July 28, 2009

Menu was okay - red sauce was thin and straight out of the can; GREAT SALAD BAR!!!

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