2012 August: Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza Opens First Ohio Location

Mentor, Ohio (August 20, 2012) — Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza will open its first location in Ohio at Great Lakes Mall later this year. The full service, sit-down restaurant will include a full bar and have both interior and exterior mall entrances.

The restaurant will occupy 4,151 square feet on the West side of the property, adjacent to the Dillard’s South building. The addition of Tony Sacco’s will also make way for a new mall entrance next to the restaurant.

Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza is known for fresh ingredients and its unique custom-built, 1,000 degree anthracite coal-burning oven. The restaurant’s sauce is made from scratch with Italian plum tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic for true old-world fresh tomato taste. Tony Sacco’s uses only the best mozzarella available and filters all of the water used for dough and beverages to ensure only the best taste.

“We use only the finest, ingredients made from scratch each day. There are no freezers, fryers, or microwaves and all of our food is baked exculusively in our custom coal burrning oven,” said Michael DuBois, owner of Tony Saccos Mentor.

The restaurant will feature a distinctive and inviting atmosphere with glass walls cascading from floor to a 25′ atrium celing. One glass wall will provide indoor diners an open view to a private outdoor patio setting framed by a serpentine custom stone wall. A smaller, indoor patio will aline the mall concourse, allowing diners to enjoy a unique view of the action in the mall.

Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza currently has seven open locations: two in Florida 2 in Michigan, two in Indiana and one in Illinois. Including the Great Lakes Mall location, there are 15 stores in development—seven in Chicago, five in Michigan, one in Indiana and one in North. Carolina.

“We’re excited to welcome Tony Sacco’s to Great Lakes Mall and provide our guests with another delicious dining and entertaiment option,” said Renee Lanzara, marketing and business development director, Great Lakes Mall. “We also know shoppers will welcome the new mall entrance that will be created near the restaurant.”

In 2011, Great Lakes Mall underwent a major renovation, which has since attracted a number of new tenants including Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza, H&M and Teavana, which opened earlier this year.

In addition to the new retailers, many existing Great Lakes Mall retailers have undergone renovations or expansions in the past year.

Tony Sacco’s was started in Estero, Florida by two friends from Michigan, Chuck Senatore and George Kurajian. Their mission was to bring back the original taste and quality of pizza the way it was made when the first pizzerias were opened in the early 1900′s. This required the use of a coal burning oven, homemade sauce and dough, and fresh, hand-cut toppings.

Capable of temperatures of 1,000 degrees or more, the intense heat of the coal oven creates a pizza with a subtle, smoky flavor, a crispy crust and golden brown cheese. In the words of a true pizza aficionado, “it’s a pie that would bring your Italian grandmother to tears.” For more information, visit www.tonysaccos.com  , www.facebook.com/tonysaccos or www.twitter.com/tonysaccos .

About Great Lakes Mall
Great Lakes Mall, located in Mentor, Ohio, has been Northeast Ohio’s go-to destination for top retailers for more than 50 years. In 2011, the mall underwent a complete renovation, which included updates to mall entrances, new flooring, expanded soft seating areas and more. Anchored by Macy*s, Sears, JC Penney and Dillard’s, the mall is home to more than 120 specialty shops. Numerous eateries like Fuji Japan Steakhouse, Tony Sacco’s Coal Oven Pizza, Max & Erma’s and The Olive Garden provide a multitude of dining options to shoppers. Follow the mall on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/GreatLakesMall or on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/GreatLakesMall .

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