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Grotto Pizza To Celebrate Anniversary Of Mall Location

May 11, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, Grotto Pizza expanded from its original location at Harveys Lake and built a restaurant outside the Wyoming Valley Mall in Wilkes-Barre Twp. Armand Mascioli, chief operating officer and co-owner of Grotto Pizza, said since then, much has changed in the area, including the rise of the Arena Hub shopping district and the expansion of businesses along Mundy Street. “Through it all, we’ve been fortunate to maintain a loyal customer base for whom we are thankful,” Mascioli said. Grotto Pizza will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its location outside the Wyoming Valley Mall on May 16. As part of the celebration, the restaurant will give away free slices of pizza to its dine-in guests, hold a 1990s trivia contest and share birthday cake with visitors. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. and customers are invited to celebrate the milestone. Each dine-in guest will receive a ticket good for one free slice of pizza. Radio personality Frankie Warren and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins mascot Tux will attend. A birthday cake will be cut at 6:30 p.m. and 1990s trivia begins at 7 p.m. in the bar area and is free to play. Grotto Pizza opened at Harveys Lake in 1953 and the Wilkes-Barre Twp. restaurant was the Grotto’s first new location in Pennsylvania. Since its inception, the restaurant has featured a large family dining area, the Skybox Sports Bar and a robust takeout and delivery service. All of these elements remain, but Mascioli said the differences between business now and 25 years ago are obvious. One change in recent years is an increase in its delivery business, which is the general trend in the industry, he said. While he said the bar area is a great place to watch a game, customers have shown greater interest in live entertainment as well as trivia leagues and contests. “At the same time, we’ve expanded our specialty drink menu to offer more choices,” he said. He said the heart of Grotto Pizza remains families and their love for the family recipe’s for pizza. “Some things don’t change,” he said. “There is nothing more important to our restaurant’s success than mom, dad and the kids sharing a pie. The recipe for our pizza goes back to 1953 and there’s still nothing quite like it.” Contact the writer: dallabaugh@citizensvoice.com 570-821-2115, @CVAllabaugh