Ledo Pizza

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Ledo Pizza
TypePrivate
IndustryPizza, Pizza Delivery
Founded1955; 67 years ago (1955)
Adelphi, Maryland, U.S.
FounderRobert Beall and Thomas Marcos
HeadquartersAnnapolis, Maryland
Number of locations
106, as of March 2021
Key people
Jamie Beall (President, COO)
Aaron Weedy (VP - Finance)
Will Robinson (VP - Marketing)
Mike Conway (VP - Operations)
Websiteledopizza.com

Ledo Pizza is a pizzeria restaurant chain in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland. Their first pizzeria was opened in Adelphi, Maryland, in 1955 on University Boulevard (Maryland Route 193) in Adelphi Shopping Center near the University of Maryland, College Park (38°59′5.5″N 76°58′1″W / 38.984861°N 76.96694°W / 38.984861; -76.96694). The first franchise was granted to the Fireside Restaurant in Berwyn Heights, Maryland, in 1979. Fireside Restaurant no longer exists. There are now over 100 restaurants in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Washington, D.C.[1]

Overview[edit]

Ledo Pizza is rectangular in shape and is known for its very thin crust, sweet sauce, thick pepperoni (one per slice; optional), and smoked provolone cheese, often using the tagline "Ledo Pizza is square, because we don't cut corners."[citation needed]

Pizzas from Ledo Pizza

The restaurant chain has been called by several names, including Ledo Pizza and Ledo Pizza and Pasta.[citation needed]

The original location in Adelphi, Maryland, at the Adelphi Shopping Center was established in 1955. The name on its website is "Tommy Marcos' Ledo Restaurant".[citation needed] The original location is not listed in the restaurant finder maintained by website.[citation needed] The omission from the chain's website may be related to a legal dispute between the Ledo chain and the Marcos family.[2] The same pizza based on the same family recipe is served at TJ Elliots in Bowie, Maryland, along with many of the other signature Italian-American and family dishes.[citation needed] TJ Elliots is owned and operated by Tommy and Jimmy Marcos.[citation needed]

In September 2009, the Marcos family announced that the original Ledo's restaurant would be moving a few miles from its original location to downtown College Park.[3] The original location closed in July 2010, and the new location opened for business on August 27, 2010.[citation needed]

Standalone franchise in Washington, D.C.

Recognition[edit]

In 2019, Ledo Pizza was rated #31 on the Pizza Today Top 100 Companies list with 2018 gross sales of $120,000,000 from its 106 restaurants.[4] Ledo Pizza was named among the best pizzas in America on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ledo Pizza Near Me - Locations on the East Coast". Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  2. ^ Moore, Marcus (2006-12-08). "Ledo Pizza sues former partners in trademark dispute". Gaithersburg Gazette.
  3. ^ Pomeroy, Courtney (20 November 2020). "After 65 years & a location change, Maryland's original Ledo Restaurant to close". abc7 news. Retrieved 25 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "2019 Top 100 Pizza Companies". Pizza Today. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Quest for the Best: The Best Pizza in America". The Oprah Winfrey Show. 2006-11-01.

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