2955 West Market Street
Fairlawn, OH 44333

330-836-1111

Monday & Tuesday: 4 pm to 9 pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 11:30 am to 9 pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30 am to 11 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 9 pm

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Feeding the Fans

Each fall Mr. G’s legendary pizzas, Buffalo hot wings, and value-packed homemade pasta dishes become a local sensation for tailgaters, armchair quarterbacks, and time-starved moms in search of an affordable way to feed the entire team.

By Mitch Allen
September 25, 2009


Believe it or not, my wife is a bigger football fan than I am. For her, there is no surer sign of fall than the “tweet” of referee whistles and the voice of Al Michaels. But for Mr. G’s Pizzeria and Wings owner Mark Giardina, football season is marked by the annual jump in sales of his Family Combo Pack.

“In Northeast Ohio football and pizza are more American than baseball and apple pie,” insists Mark, one of three
“Mr. G’s” who took the family name and secret recipes to establish their own restaurants—one in New York, one in Miami (Florida) and Mark’s establishment here in Fairlawn.

“Our pizzas and wings sell better here than they do in the family’s other locations,” Mark boasts. “That’s because people in Northeast Ohio are bigger football fans than they are in Florida and New York.”

Each fall Mr. G’s famous pizzas, original Buffalo hot wings, homemade pasta dishes and value-packed Family Combo Packs become a local sensation for tailgaters, armchair quarterbacks, and time-starved moms in search of an affordable way to feed the entire team.

“Football brings people together—and somebody has to feed them,” Mark says. “We do that with sheet pizzas, pans of pasta, buckets of wings and more.”

The Family Combo Pack, for example, features a large, one-topping pizza, a bucket of hot wings, a two-liter Pepsi and garlic bread—for $29.50. And Mr. G’s beats the national chains on freshness, flavor and value. “Once you try us,” Mark insists, “you know what real New York-style pizza is all about.”

Of course, you don’t have to wait until a football game to enjoy Mr. G’s. “Call us any time,” Mark invites. “Our take-out service is easy especially convenient. Call ahead and we’ll usually have your order ready in about 30 minutes. If it’s a large catering order, the more notice the better.”

If your taste for Italian runs deeper than pizza and chicken wings, the Giardina family’s menu includes some brand new specials, like Pasta Primavera, Cavatelli, Bolognese and Cannolis, all of which are homemade from original family recipes.  

You’ll also find plenty of vegetarian options, including lasagna, pizza, ravioli, gnocchi, egg plant parmesan, manicotti, Alfredo and more, not to mention original New York-style cheesecake.

Early bird specials are available daily until 5 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday nights Mr. G’s is open until half past midnight, making it a perfect spot to fill up after the game or after a movie. “The crowds on the weekends usually thin out around 9:00 p.m. or so,” Mark explains. “From 9:30 to midnight you can generally be seated right away.”

Mr. G’s Pizzeria and Wings is located at 2955 West Market Street at the Miller Road intersection. Look for them behind Rite Aid. For delivery or pick-up call 330-836-1111. Hours are Monday and Tuesday 4-10 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to half past midnight; Sunday noon to 10 p.m. Ask about corporate or personal catering, including pans of pasta and gourmet salads serving 20-25 people.