Families in Business: Mary’s Pizza Shack

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Many families have treasured heirloom recipes, passed down each generation and connecting them to the past while fueling happy memories. Few have the opportunity to share those recipes with new families each day, which is exactly what Charles and Kathy Byerly do with the authentic Italian cuisine offered at Mary’s Pizza Shack.

art-0801-mps3The couple own and operate the Shasta County branches of Mary’s Pizza Shack, 2 of 20 locations within California. Their daughter, Trisha, is the manager of the Redding location, and their son, Jacob, helps out when needed. The chain was created and named after Charles’ late grandmother, Mary Fazio, who many knew as “Noni.”

“Trisha has been involved with the restaurant since she was 3 – she has Noni’s natural cooking skills,” Kathy says.

The restaurants display photos and portraits of Fazio and have kept many of the traditions that began in her flagship restaurant, which opened in 1959 in Sonoma.

Mary pioneered the “open kitchen” concept so she could greet each guest as they walked through the door and keep an eye out to make sure that no one left hungry. All Mary’s locations have an open kitchen, and customers can watch as staff craft their meals. Pizza cooks are known to give kids free salami slices as they watch, and there are children’s aprons available for those who want a slice of the pizza-making action.

Mary’s Pizza Shack serves a variety of homemade Italian foods, including pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups, salads, breadsticks, appetizers and desserts, all offered at moderate prices. Each day cooks prepare food from scratch, and each item is made to order; there are no heat lamps, frozen dough or canned sauces. Each traditional menu item is made using the same recipe, ingredients, love and care Mary used in her cooking.

Since first bringing Mary’s Pizza Shack to the North State in 2007 at the Anderson location and opening their downtown Redding location five years later, Charles and Kathy Byerly have been involved in the community, helping youth groups, schools and many non-profit organizations as well as sponsoring and supporting local events.

“Growing up in our family restaurant it was just the ‘norm’ to give back to those who gave to you. When we moved, we wanted to continue the family tradition of helping out the community. This is who we are,” says Kathy.

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