Mario’s Restaurant & Pizzeria in Clifton holds a special place in the hearts of the Magdziak family. Ever since I was a little boy the Van Houten Avenue institution was the place we went for most birthday dinners. Back in my younger days the place had a warm, lodge like feeling. Wood paneling and all. It was in these early days that we got hooked on their “Emma” style pizza, so named for co-founder Emma Barilari. The crust is impossibly thin and the pie incredibly delicious.
This past Monday we celebrated another institution, my mother Beverly. She is the official YDKJ mom and we all love her. It was her 80th birthday and she still kicks butt. And loves pizza,. Happy Birthday mom!!
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