HOBOKEN, NJ - It's a classic, alright...
Serving up slices, pies and garlic knots since 1985, Mario's Classic Pizza has been owned and operated by the Albunia Family since opening up shop on the corner of 8th & Garden. After 36 years among the upper crust of Hoboken pizzerias, Mario is talking about hanging up the bow tie and setting his sights on retirement.
At least that's what he said on social media Friday night, in a post that sent ripples across the Hoboken community. Albunia stated that his building at 742 Garden Street was for sale—a deal that would include two apartments, the pizza shop (indoor and outdoor seating) and the liquor license. According to his own post, he's asking $4,250,000.
The response among Hobokenites was a mix of sadness and reverence, as Mario's has been a huge fixture in town for so long. In addition to serving up slices, the Albunia Family has famously served free turkey dinners every Thanksgiving for those in need—underscoring the genuine sense of community spirit and Hoboken pride Mario's Classic Pizza has come to represent.
According to comments on the thread, Albunia and the restaurant will continue to serve customers for the foreseeable future, pending a successful sale of the property. After that, Mario hinted at possibly retiring to Italy.
In the meantime, stop by 8th & Garden and check out what has devoted Hoboken pizza lovers so upset today...
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