Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint will open its 19th unit on March 27 in Auburn, Alabama, at the Heart of Auburn complex at 339 South College Street, Suite E. To celebrate the newest Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint opening, the restaurant will serve free 9-inch, any three topping, fully-customizable pizzas to all customers in line from 11:00 a.m. through the afternoon on Saturday, March 29. One patron in line will be awarded free pizza for a year.

The Auburn Uncle Maddio’s location marks the first of five planned Uncle Maddio’s restaurants in Auburn, Montgomery, and Prattville, Alabama. Led by owner operator Michael DiChiara and several partners, including Auburn University graduates Ernest Lee Jr. and Clint Wilson and Troy, Alabama, native Will Hudson, the new Uncle Maddio’s franchisees bring a combination of restaurant, legal, real estate and construction experience. Hudson is a multiunit owner of restaurants in Alabama, while Lee‘s company, Colvin Evans Construction, is building its five Uncle Maddio’s units.

“I have strong ties to the Auburn community, and there is no other place I would rather open an Uncle Maddio’s than here,” DiChiara says. “Uncle Maddio’s offers a different kind of pizza restaurant experience where everyone can have a personal pizza made exactly as they want it or select a salad or panini. I can’t wait for the students and residents of Auburn to create their own favorite pizza and experience the ‘Served with Love’ philosophy for our customers.”

Opening its 19th location in three years, Uncle Maddio’s also has 175 units in development and is attracting multiple unit operators due to the popularity of pizza, the quality of Uncle Maddio’s products, and an executive management team that offers more than 50 years of experience in the restaurant industry including Uncle Maddio’s CEO Matt Andrews who was the cofounder of Moe’s Southwest Grill.

“We are thrilled to open our first Alabama and college town location,” says founder and chief pizza maker Matt Andrew, an industry veteran. “This is just the start to our great partnership with Michael as we expand into Alabama.”

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