Oklahoma City, OK
Mazzio’s is a regional chain of pizza restaurants that is concentrated in the Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas area. The location on North Rockwell in Oklahoma City is one that I have visited for years, much of which was long before I started writing reviews or taking notes about the food.
The main reason I am interested in this particular restaurant is that they also prepare Ken’s Pizza (not all locations of Mazzio’s have this). Ken’s was a competing chain that went out of business a number of years ago (I think some are still left that are independently owned, still serve the same food, and are still called Ken’s). I thought Ken’s was particularly good as chain pizza restaurants go, and other people seem to think that the pizza is good enough to keep around even though the company no longer exists.
Mazzio’s also serves its own pizza but any experience I have had with it was over twenty years ago and I really do not remember enough about it to make any comments.
I normally do not include articles about chain restaurants in this blog, but when it comes to Ken’s Pizza I think it is worth mentioning.
Ken’s Pizza is probably not my favorite pizza in the world, because there are local places that serve more upscale pizza and ones which I think are probably more authentic. In the world of chain pizzas, though, I think Ken’s is one of the best.
The one shown in the above photo is Ken’s Pizza Supreme. I think in terms of quality I would compare it to Hideaway Pizza, a local mini-chain (and I am only doing this to point out some possible strengths and weaknesses of Ken’s Pizza). Ken’s Pizza has a cracker crust (I am not sure if this is the correct terminology that they use in the business). From the photo it is probably evident that the Supreme pizza gives you a large quantity of toppings, and I also like the choice of toppings very much. One thing I think might be better here than at Hideaway is the cheese. The vegetables met my expectations in terms of variety and freshness (I think Hideaway is not quite as good in this regard). The crust and sauce are probably better at Hideaway. Overall the factors that lead to a true pizza enjoyment are probably equal here to what I get at Hideaway.
I am making the assumption that Ken’s pizza is better than Mazzio’s brand, but this may not be the case. I am just saying that I remember Ken’s as being very good years ago, and when I tried it recently it was even better than I expected.
Since Mazzio’s is a regional chain it would fit my policy of writing a review of the pizza if I had tried it, but absent any recent experiences I will not comment about it.