Popular Manhattan Eatery Expands to the First Coast | Business

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Popular Manhattan Eatery Expands to the First Coast

On average, Americans consume 350 slices of pizza every second. That number is about in increase exponentially in Jacksonville with the opening of Libretto’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen.

Owner Mike Libretto has been serving up slices for years to the toughest pizza critics in the world – New Yorkers – at his Manhattan pizzeria. Using his success in New York as a springboard, Libretto opened two restaurants in Charlotte, North Carolina, and now his sites are set on Jacksonville. Libretto’s first Florida location will open next month in The Markets at Town Center, adjacent to St. Johns Town Center.

In addition to pizza, Libretto’s proudly serves classic, homemade Italian favorites such as chicken parmigiana, penne alla vodka, baked ziti, spaghetti marinara and lasagna as well as heros and calzones for lunch and dinner. Mike Libretto’s family has spent over 30 years in the restaurant industry and the dishes prepared at Libretto’s are made from recipes passed down through the Libretto family for generations.

“The marinara is made the way my Grandmother always made it; the meatballs are made exactly as Mom would make them every Sunday,” says Libretto. “I took the recipes as my family made them throughout my childhood and proudly serve them to our customers today at Libretto’s.”

Libretto’s is the first true, authentic New York City pizzeria in Jacksonville - bringing the delicious crust, melted cheese and perfect sauce that are staples of the Big Apple to the First Coast. In addition to pizza, Libretto’s is proud to serve third generation family-style Italian classics, fresh from the oven calzones and tempting desserts in a casual, comfortable setting. Whether it’s a quick lunch on-the-go, a quiet dinner for two or an evening out with the entire family, Libretto’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen is sure to satisfy.

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