Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante

Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante celebrates 50 years of bringing Sicilian soul to Albuquerque with a festive menu that bridges Italian tradition and New Mexican flavors, all in a setting that feels like a joyful Italian family gathering.


Mark Stensland

11/8/20231 min read

"Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante: A Half-Century of Sicilian Tradition in ABQ"

Imagine stepping into a little slice of Sicily, right in the heart of Albuquerque. This isn't just a culinary daydream; it's a daily reality at Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante. For 50 years, this family-run establishment has been a testament to tradition, an ode to the old country, and a cherished chapter in ABQ's dining story.

The late Mario Burgarello, along with his wife Anna and their sons, planted Sicilian roots in New Mexican soil, and what blossomed was a beloved local chain serving up slices of heritage. At Mario’s, pizza isn't just food; it's a fusion of history and innovation, where the Sicilian-style deep dish meets the zest of the Southwest.

The Italian nachos rebel against convention, swapping out ground beef for a heartier mix of Italian sausage and pepperoni. It's a nod to the local love affair with chiles, harmoniously married to Italian culinary sensibilities. And let's not forget the New Mexican style taco pizza—a dish that truly embodies the spirit of Mario’s.

Beyond the pizza, Mario’s offers a cornucopia of Italian delights, from calzones to pastas, sandwiches to soups, salads, and desserts that could make a nonna weep with joy. It's a menu so rich, it's practically a feast at every meal.

Stepping into Mario’s, you’re wrapped in an ambiance that whispers of Sicily with every checkered tablecloth and every photograph of Italian vistas. It's not just dining—it's an immersive cultural experience.

As they celebrate a remarkable 50-year milestone, the Burgarello family continues to dish out joy with their New York style and Sicilian deep-dish pizzas. But the fun doesn't stop there; with homemade gelato, vibrant Italian sodas (a secret delight that America is yet to fully embrace), seafood pizzas, and breaded eggplant, every visit to Mario’s is a new opportunity to revel in the richness of Italian cuisine.

So here's to Mario’s Pizzeria & Ristorante, a place where every meal is a jubilee, every pizza a story, and every diner a part of the family legacy. Here's to 50 years of infusing ABQ with a bit of Sicily—may the tradition continue for generations to come.