Margherita’s leaves Main Street for Park N Shop
The new year offers a new beginning. Margherita’s Pizza owners Rico and Enzo Della-Monica decided to capitalize on that by moving their business from Main Street to the Park N Shop this spring.
“I’m grateful for the 27 years that we were here,” Rico said in an interview at their Main Street pizzeria in December. “We are looking forward to the South Main Street, [to] join with our new family at the Park N Shop Plaza.”
The brothers and business partners began looking for alternate locations following the release of Danneman & Danneman LLC’s plans to demolish the building that houses the pizzeria – along with Tasty Wok, Playa Bowls and four apartments – to construct a new building containing retail space, apartments and a hotel.
Although the plans are still uncertain – and at least three years off – the DellaMonicas began looking to move as a precautionary measure and ultimately decided to take the available space next to Jerry’s Artarama in the Park N Shop on South Main Street.
“For us, it’s a positive move,” Rico said. “Margherita’s Pizza is always going to be the same. Our product is never going to change. Our loyalty to the customer is not going to change.”
Their last day in the Main Street location was Dec. 23, though they won’t open their doors in the Park N Shop until the spring.
When they do, there will be some changes. Rico said there will be more seating, free parking and a more convenient location for those who live in Newark but don’t want to battle the traffic on Main Street.
He also noted some tweaks to the menu, like more pasta dishes, and some seafood and veal. With the expanded seating, he plans to add a wait-staff to serve patrons.
“On Main Street, my business is 85 percent pizza,” he said. “University students like pizza by the slice – quick, cheap.”
He hopes that the new location will appeal to the lunch crowd of professionals and city workers, and noted the eater y will still offer delivery.
“We’re not far,” he said. “That’s the reason why we jumped on this location.”
As they’re removed from East Main Street and the late-night foot traffic it provides, they do plan to scale back the hours a bit. Rico said they’re looking at a 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. schedule.
While he is looking ahead for this new chapter in Margherita’s histor y, he looks at the time on Main Street fondly.
He noted how some of his employees were able to open their own businesses using what they learned from the pizzeria. Rico even met his wife through Margherita’s, he said.
He will miss the tenants who live above the pizzeria and those who work across the street and stop by for a slice, he added.
“It’s sad to leave. I know I’m going to tear up on Dec. 23, but it’s all for the best,” he said prior to the closing. “I would like to welcome everybody to come us to see us our new location when it’s ready.”
Margherita’s Pizza owners Enzo and Amerigo “Rico” Della-Monica pose for a photo. The pizzeria closed its doors on Main Street on Dec. 23 and will reopen in the Park N Shop on South Main Street in the spring.