Ledo's Pizza'

Ledo's Pizza'

Ledo's Pizza


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The Ledo chain and original restaurant separated decades ago. Sons of the original partners opted to franchise in 1989, but the Marcos family decided to concentrate on the first restaurant. Beall’s family operates the Ledo Pizza chain, with sales of $120 million in 2018, according to Pizza Today. All that expansion led to some locations that were inconsistent, offered a watered-down version of the original, or skimped on the cheese. At the original Ledo, customers could always expect the high level of quality that came from Marcos Jr.’s management. (Source:

A: No. Tommy Marcos and Bob Beall opened the original Ledo Pizza restaurant in 1955 in a strip shopping center in Adelphi, Md. Originally, the restaurant focused on Italian-American items and pizza was more of a sideline item. Today, the pizza chain is known for its rectangular-pan, thin-crust pizza that fans say is larger than its competitors. (Source: www.dailypress.com Ledo Pizza is the 35th largest pizza chain in the country, according to Pizza Today magazine. It is privately owned and has restaurants in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. The company has 10 locations in Virginia, including stores in Williamsburg and Hampton. In addition to pizza, the menu includes pastas, salads, calzones, subs and other entrees.

In September of 1955 Thomas Marcos opened the first Ledo's restaurant on University Boulevard in Adelphi. "It was the shortest Italian name he could think of," said Tommy Marcos Jr., who now runs the restaurant with his father and brother, Jimmy Marcos. Marcos Jr. says that his father wanted a short name because it would be cheaper to put on the sign. For many years, Ledo's was one of the most popular hangouts for students at the University of Maryland at College Park. Though the area near the university has changed, and College Park students now have a wealth of choices, "We stay very competitive," Marcos Jr. said of the student clientele. "We draw from all around." In 1989 the family began franchising Ledo Pizza Systems Inc. but sold the franchise in 1994 and focused again on the original place they loved. The small carpeted dining room is a tour through some local sports history. Photographs on the wall capture the 1971 Washington Senators, Griffith Stadium in 1960s and area teams, such as those from Dematha High School and the University of Maryland. Between the outside door and an inner door of the restaurant, there is a small waiting area. A small hand-written note on the inner door advises, "Please remain behind door to be seated. Thank you." So if there is a wait to get in, and there often is on weekend evenings, you may find yourself standing outside in the rain, snow or heat. (Ledo's takes reservations only for parties of eight or more.) If a hostess winds through the crowd and writes down the number of people in each party but no names, she's probably Ruth Troughton. Troughton, who waitresses on the weekdays but hostesses on the weekends, has been working at Ledo's for 12 years. "About 80 percent of the customers are regulars," Troughton said. According to Troughton, customers don't usually have to wait much more than 30 minutes, even on a busy night. The menu has remained relatively the same over the years. Appetizers vary from antipasto to buffalo wings, spinach dip to garlic bread ($1.50-$6.75). Pizza is an obvious selection for the main meal. But there are 23 choices of meat or veggie toppings-- and even some unusual choices like jalapenos and squash. Pizza can range from a small plain ($3.95) to a large multi-topping pizza (from $13.95) Toppings are charged per item. If you aren't in the mood for pizza, the menu has a substantial choice of Italian dinners such as lasagne, chicken/veal/eggplant parmigiana, shrimp/chicken cacciatore ($8.95-$12.95), American dinners such as fried chicken, T-bone steak, pork chops, seafood ($8.25-$13.95), plus a variety of pastas, sandwiches, subs, burgers and salads ($4.50-$8.25). Ledo's also offers a special lunch menu, served Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., which features a selection of Italian or American lunches and salads ($4.50-$7.25). There is also a slightly smoky bar area filled with customers chatting loudly and laughing with TVs jumping with sports events in the background. In a separate carryout room, customers can purchase food, beer, wine and liquor. Many staff members have been with the restaurant for years. "We started out working our way through school," Shobha Ohal said, recalling the past eight years she has been waitressing at Ledo's. She said she had been a customer since the age of 3 and lived in Takoma Park with her family. Ohal now has a full-time job in Baltimore but commutes to her beloved waitressing job on the weekends. "I love it here. My friends are here." Ledo's Restaurant and Bar, 2420 University Blvd., Adelphi, Md. 20783. Call 301-422-8622. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Lunch special available Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. CAPTION: Wilhelmina Maynard readies a pizza for the oven at the original Ledo's restaurant in Adelphi, where they sell as many as 500 pizzas in a day. ec (Source:



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