LUTZ — The Atlanta-based create-your-own pizza restaurant, Uncle Maddio's Pizza, brings its first Tampa Bay area location to Lutz in mid to late September.
Co-owners Mike and Ada Mateo are excited to open the restaurant in the community where they live. "We've lived in Lutz for almost 15 years, and as residents of Lutz, we wanted to start in Lutz," said Ada Mateo.
The couple have plans to open more locations throughout the Tampa Bay area.
Located in the former Hallmark store at Northgate Square, the fast casual restaurant allows customers to create their own New York-style pizza. Customers choose from three doughs, which include whole wheat, traditional and gluten-free. Next, there are six freshly made sauces to pick from, including zesty barbecue, spicy buffalo and tomato basil. For toppings, cheeses such as feta, cheddar and mozzarella are available, as well as a huge array of vegetables and meats.
"Our motto at Uncle Maddio's is that we serve with love," said Ada Mateo. "That's our philosophy."
Uncle Maddio's Pizza offers salads that can be made with the same toppings as the pizza. Also on the menu is the "foldwich," which is made with thin dough, filled with toppings and left open. Dessert options include cookies and cannolis.
The restaurant features a recessed patio that can be converted into a private room for parties. Beer and wine are served, and there are televisions throughout. "We really want this to be a community kind of location where people come and just relax with family and friends and just enjoy themselves," said Mike Mateo.
Uncle Maddio's Pizza is located at 3949 Van Dyke Road. It will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Sunday. For more information, call (813) 501-5417, or visit Facebook.com/unclemaddioslutz.
Business helps owners cope with loss of a pet
TAMPA — Anyone who has lost a pet knows what a difficult time it can be.
Now, there is a new facility that helps pet owners with every aspect of losing a pet.
The Pet Loss Center opened this week and is a 6,000-square-foot location that offers true private cremation of pets, extensive pet loss support programs and one-on-one pet loss support.
There is a place for families to have sensitive and meaningful final moments with their pets, cremation viewing opportunities and memorial creation such as urns, caskets, jewelry and artwork.
"All pets deserve dignity and respect in life and in death," said Coleen Ellis, pet loss pioneer of the Pet Loss Center.
The Pet Loss Center was founded in 2009, and has locations in Texas and Florida. The center also offers approved continuing education classes for veterinary professionals.
They have an open-door policy, and encourage any veterinary professional, pet parent or animal lover to visit any time during office hours.
The Pet Loss Center is at 6091 Johns Road, Suites 5 and 6. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
For more information, call (813) 999-4049 (phone is answered 24/7), or visit thepetlosscenter.com.
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