Slice of Life
Benny Marconi’s doesn’t exactly fit that mold.
When you serve slices of pizza that are comparable in size to a newborn baby, you are doing something a little different than most other pizza restaurants.
Benny Marconi’s came to Downtown Roanoke last year. The original location is in Blacksburg near the campus of Virginia Tech and the owners decided to bring their restaurant concept to nearby Roanoke. Serving giant slices of pizza that are relatively inexpensive likely works great in a college town – I think the jury is still out on how well it will work in Downtown Roanoke. I’ve stopped in to Benny’s a few times for lunch and I hope they are able to succeed.
A slice of pizza costs around $5.00, but as I said, this isn’t a typical “slice.” One slice from Benny Marconi’s fits on two paper plates and I would say it’s at least as big as two slices of pizza from chain restaurants like Pizza Hut or Papa John’s.
I’ve tried the cheese, sausage, and pepperoni pizzas during the times I’ve visited. The pizza has a thin crust which can be easily folded for eating. Or you could use a fork and knife. Amateur. I liked the cheese pizza the most out of the three and I found the sausage to be disappointing. I prefer crumbles of ground sausage on a pizza but Benny’s used thin slices of sausage instead and I wasn’t a fan of the texture. I’ve yet to try one of the monthly specials because none of the flavor combinations have appealed to me but I hope to do that sometime in the future.
You can also order entire pizzas from Benny Marconi’s. I would recommend calling ahead so they have a time to prepare it but this would be really fun for parties or casual office functions. It’s a pie that’s nearly three feet in diameter and a few of these could easily feed a large group. I also dream of it being a Man vs. Food challenge for one person to try to eat the entire thing.
Hint: I’m now accepting sponsorships for said challenge.
Downtown Roanoke has no shortage of pizza restaurants. Between Fork in the Market, Picasso’s Italian Grill, Leonore’s, and the incoming Cork & Crust, there’s a place to get pizza on nearly every block. But, to their credit, Benny Marconi’s is doing pizza in a different way. And with so much other competition, good for them for being able to stand out.
120 Campbell Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
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