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A Pizza Review……Yep……Pizza! Mario’s Pizza Bar – Clearwater

OK so I will make this brief and simple

I love love love pizza.

I pass by this fairly new place in Clearwater at 12924 49th St North all the time and never stop. Recently I decided to give them a try.  Well I have now gone there 4 times and will continue. 

I do not receive anything from or for doing this review…I just really like the place.

They have the pizza set up as in the photo here and serve slices, my wife and I like that because then we can try a few different varieties.  It is great!  The last time we had one of their egg plant slices (so yummy) better then I even could have imagined.  I thought egg plant would have been horrible and we loved it!  We also had a cheese slice and a “Chicago” slice……my wife and I were both like kids sitting at our table going to town on the pizza, she couldn’t believe that she liked the red sauce on the Chicago so much!

Nothing ever lasts in this location, but I sincerely believe and want this place to stay.

Mario’s Pizza Bar has the most awesome pizza I have had anywhere, including in Chicago and or my hometown in Minnesota.  They have different pizza than your average shop.  They make their own sauce every morning with fresh plum tomatoes. My wife, who is not a red sauce lover…..really likes their “Chicago” pizza. It is unbelievable!

For those of you who partake, Mario’s also has a full bar and outdoor seating.

Because I am usually on a hurry when I go there I always have gotten my pizza to go except once, on my first time there.  I really like this place because the service is also great and the restaurant/bar is clean and fresh.

It’s a nice, comfortable place.

Please patronize Mario’s…you will love the Pizza!  

They tell me they also have excellent lasagna. 

Tonight, we had….a cheese slice, a spinach & ricotta slice and the meatball slice…..all yummy!

Bon Appetit!

:-))! 

Mario’s Pizza Bar

12924 – 49th St N, Clearwater, FL 33762

727-791-3949

Mario’s on Facebook

www.mariospizzabar.com

Marios Pizza Bar

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It’s A Small World After All……

So, ok, I drive an Executive Car as a chauffeur in the Tampa Florida area. I meet people from all over the world.

When I was young, in elementary school and high school I spent a couple of short stints living in Canada in Windsor, Ontario and in Toronto, Ontario. I am from the USA.

When I lived in Toronto I went to Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute (high school) in 1975-1976.

As I pick up customers to bring them from or to the Tampa airport I always wonder if I will meet someone I know from one of the schools I attended in Canada.

Well, it finally happened…….twice!

A few weeks ago I picked up a customer from Clearwater Beach going to the airport to pick up her daughter.  As we spoke I found she was from Toronto, from Scarborough, the same area I lived in.  As we spoke more we found we had gone to the same school!  Sir Wilfred Laurier!  It was cool, very cool. Small world.

Then again, this last Wednesday, I picked up 3 women going from St. Pete Beach, FL to the Tampa Airport. When they got into the car I stated to one of them that she looked familiar, they all chuckled and stated…..”OH we are not from here!”  It was funny.

I asked, well where are you from?  They said Canada….Toronto Canada.  I stated I had lived there also and the one asked where I had lived. When I stated Scarborough, Ontario they all were now shocked and laughed sayong thats where they were from and lived now.  THE BEST PART???!!  One of them was actually a teacher at my school, Sir Wilfred Laurier in the 60’s, anothers Mother was a teacher when I was there and the third lady????  SHE actually lived in my very same neighborhood that my family lived in when I was there!!!

WOW!!  It was sooo cool!  They knew one of my teachers by the name of Diane Lang, my Math teacher…she was awesome by the way.  They also knew my band teacher of who I just am not able to recall his name.

Then they told me about the upcoming Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute’s 50 Year Reunion!  I laughed and told them I actually got the notice from Classmates.com!!  THAT was hilarious! We all got a laugh out of that! Then they asked if I recalled when the reunion was going to be because they had not heard yet!  LOLOL….is that not funny???!

So I tried to find the email about it and of course I could not, figuring I had deleted it since I would not be able to attend.  The ladies thought it would be funny to hear about the dates for the reunion from someone who had gone to the school and was now in Tampa Florida.  I thought so too! We got a great laugh out of that thought.

Soooooo, after I dropped them off at the airport it was driving me crazy and I looked frantically for the email and found it.  I parked in the parking garage at the airport and went in to find them inside the airport. I located them still at the ticket counter and walked up to them….they were of course surprised to see me. I stated the dates for the reunion and showed them the email!  It was awesome and we all laughed.  They got a big kick out of it!

Another great day on the job as a chauffeur in Tampa Bay Florida…..another great day of laughs!

It’s A Small World After ALL :-))!

Cannot beat that!

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A Simple bag of Chips…..Lots of Laughs!

Once again, this last Friday was full of laughter…….all because of a simple bag of Lays Classic Potato Chips. 

It was simply awesome. Another reason and one of the main reasons I LOVE what I do. 

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The basket pictured here is full of snacks, chocolates …….and Lays Chips for my customers to enjoy. One of the reasons I do this is because of the reactions I get from the customers when they see it.  It is simply so much fun.  Another reason is because it gives my customers a small snack to take with them on a plane if they want to, They are there for anyone.  No matter how much the fare is, no matter if they tip me or not.  It is more about the experience and the fun for all of us.  :-))!

Typically, I will encourage my customer to take a snack…..so that the person or persons around them will be jealous on the plane!  Hehehehe :)

This last Friday, one of those moments came to light as one of my favorite customers shared her story with me of her bag of chips on the plane.  She could not wait to tell me and I could not wait to hear it once she had stated she had a story for me. I was already chuckling as she said that because I could just imagine. :)

Two weeks prior, I had taken her to the airport, dropped her off and I suggested she take something for the flight as I always do…..she said….”ya know Lance….I think I will take a bag of chips.”  I said….yeah and rustle the bag a bit and eat each one slowly!  She thought that was a great idea and we got a little chuckle out of it and off she went. I wasn’t sure she would, just thought she would eat them and that would be that.

Now, Friday, I pick her up on her return flight into Tampa. We get in the car and we are not even out of the parking garage and she is bursting at the seems like that bag of chips to tell me her story.  That part alone was hilarious.  She is very funny anyway normally so this was even better :)….I was already laughing. I still am even as I write this.

The Story of Laughs!

Customer: So Lance, ya know those bag of chips?

Me: Yes……

Customer: Lance that bag of chips was so puffed up and huge like a pillow when I went to open them on the plane!  I rustled the bag a bit and people started looking.

Remember this Lays Commercial below, with the little girl?  This is basically how the story is…..and how I can see my customer …..ohhhh man I am laughing out loud as I write this,,,,lololol….I don’t know maybe you had to be there but man it was funny! Still is!

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Customer: Lance….that bag of chips being so puffed up…..POPPED!  It made a POP SOUND when I opened it!! (as she laughs)

Me: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA……..AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…..doubled over LOLOL!

Customer:  And Lance……..the aroma of the chips coming out……people were looking….you could tell they were wondering where I got the bag of chips.  Oh and the flight attendants were not able to get out of their seats due to some turbulence, so they could not pass out snacks!! (as she laughs)

Me: OMG! …..AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA   AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA    AHAHAHAHAHA ( having a hard time breathing at this point! lolol)

Customer: So Lance….now I have the bag open and people are again looking…..wondering….smelling….(as she says with a smirk in her voice, which made me laugh even more!)

Me: DId you eat each one slowly??  (laughing as I asked)

Customer: Ohhhhh I did Lance……it must have taken me an hour to eat that little bag!

Me:  Out of control laughing at this point…….tears running out of my eyes!! I could just see her doing it….making each customers mouth water for something salty. lolololol…..Can you see the little girl in that commercial???  Ohhhh mannnn I sure could and I loved it!

Customer: And then after i was done I continued to fold the bag over and over making a slight crinkling sound……(as she laughs)

Me:  More and more….continued laughs……huge laughs!

Customer:  Lance, who would know that a simple little bag of chips would provide so much entertainment.

So, as I drove on, we talked more about it on the way back to her home, we both were talking about that very point that she made.  That simple bag of chips provided her a snack, (one of her favorites) and provided her a really strong inside chuckle to herself while on a business flight.  It also provided her and I additional entertainment….HUGE entertainment as I drove her home. I cannot tell you how priceless that is and was.  My “job” is driving an Executive Car Service Town Car…..I do it because I love it. I do it because of customers like this one.

All the snacks and beverages in my car I provide personally and pay for at no charge to the customer.  Can I put a price on that bag of chips??  Absolutely Not!

A simple bag of chips.  Priceless.

Thank you Mrs. “C”! Thank you for sharing that story with me!

You made my month!!  Probably longer!  lolol!

I will tell this story for a long long time.

Thank you for being such an awesome person and customer!

:-))!