ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A South Valley pizzeria is expanding north.
Amadeo’s Pizza opened a restaurant last week at 585 Osuna NE (across from Sandia Prep), marking the fourth location for the small, family-run chain.
Never heard of Amadeo’s? You’re probably not alone.
Despite its more than 25-year history, Mark Gallegos said his family’s business is still something of an unknown to much of Albuquerque because it was concentrated in one part of the city for so long.
Amadeo’s opened its first location in 1987 in the South Valley. The second went up on 98th Street.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that the business ventured outside the southwest quadrant, opening a carry-out and delivery site at 5003 Lomas NE.
“There was a little bit of a learning curve for us and for our customers to identify with us and try our product (on Lomas),” Gallegos said.
But sales are on the rise at that location, and the family wants to keep expanding. In fact, the Osuna store may be part of a larger growth spurt. Gallegos said Amadeo’s is looking to make the jump from mom-and-pop to something bigger.
“We’d like to have a couple more locations in the next year or two,” he said.
Amadeo’s does New York-style pizza using dough made fresh daily. It’s sold by the slice ($2.58 with one topping) or the pie (starting at $9.50).
The menu is also loaded with sandwiches ($6.50-$8.50), pasta and specialties like the calzone and pepperoni roll.
The Osuna Amadeo’s — which took over the site used by the short-lived Marino’s Pizzeria — has a dining room. It also does carry out and delivery.
It is open daily.