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Remodeling work begins on new pizza parlor

PRINCETON — The former Nelson’s Drug Store in Princeton will eventually become a pizza plaza called Maria’s Pizza 2.

Vince Mazzarisi of Dixon bought the vacant building about a month ago. A crew of people came to Princeton on Monday to clean out the building and were able to fill up one dumpster with discarded items.

“We expect to be open in three months and everything will be brand new,” said Mazzarisi. “We want this to be a really authentic pizza parlor.”

His brother, Joe, who used to operate a pizza parlor in Princeton, sold the business to another person. Mazzarisi said Monday while cleaning up the former drug store his brother Joe had a good business in Princeton before he had to sell it many years ago.

“We loved this town and wanted to come open another place for a long time. We looked at other towns, but we liked this beautiful town. We liked everything about this town. We thought Princeton was the best choice.”

Mazzarisi’s son, Anthony, will be the manager of the Princeton restaurant when it opens.

“We will have pizza, pasta, chicken strips and our homemade Maria’s sauce,” he said. “We will have regular, pan, spaghetti and stuffed pizza. Our dough is all handmade.”

Mazzarisi has been operating Maria’s Pizza in Dixon for nearly 24 years.

“We sell a lot of chicken strips in Dixon. We sell about 300 pounds a week of chicken strips,” he said.

Mazzarisi expects to train dishwashers, cooks, pizza makers, etc. that he hires for the Princeton pizza parlor to be trained in Dixon.

“We will be able to seat 100 people,” he added. “We will have a banquet room and a fireplace in the window.”

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