HUNTERSVILLE – Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint offers customers a place to experience pizza differently. 

Matthew Andrew, founder of Uncle Maddio’s, who is also co-founder of Moe’s Southwest Grill, decided to incorporate the Moe’s concept of “create your own burrito” at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint, where guests create their own personal pizza with up to three toppings for $6.99.  

“We make the pizza right in front of you and you get to pick your toppings,” said Alberto Garcia, director of operations at Uncle Maddio’s Pizza. “Plus, it only takes six minutes to cook.”

The Atlanta-based Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint tentatively comes to town June 29 at the Northcross Shopping Center off Exit 25. The completion of the restaurant depends on a timely permit process.

In addition to the Huntersville location, the owners, Jerry Licari and Tim Verhagen, will open roughly three to eight franchises in South Charlotte, Plaza Midwood, Myers Park, South Park and surrounding suburbs, such as Ballantyne, Mooresville and Davidson.

Although Licari and Verhagen have been Uncle Maddio’s Pizza franchise partners since 2010, the pizza joint first came to the Charlotte area in February 2013.  

“We chose the Huntersville area because the clientele fits our criteria,” Garcia said. “It is a good location, the shopping center is new, and we do think the new store will be successful.”

On opening day, residents who wait in line will receive a free, personal, 9-inch pizza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The owners have already hired 12 people at the Huntersville Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Joint. They are still searching for more employees.

The family-friendly restaurant extends its hours for sporting and party events and caters to anyone looking to host an event.   

“We will have arts and crafts activities for kids and other community events to bring people together,” Garcia said, in reference to the new Huntersville location.

At Uncle Maddio’s Pizza, everything is freshly prepared. The pizza dough is made in-store daily and the locally grown vegetables are delivered every morning. The restaurant also provides 20 gluten-free options.

People can choose either a handmade pizza, gourmet salad or toasted Panini. Pizza options include three dough and six sauce choices as well as more than 45 cheese, meat or veggie toppings.

If guests are not interested in styling their own pizza, they can also order signature pizzas such as BBQ chicken, Greek, spicy Italian, Jamaican jerk and veggie. Panini’s range from eggplant parmesan to turkey bacon cheddar.

Uncle Maddio’s even specializes the salads. Greek, chicken Caesar, Santa Fe, basil chicken and Maddio’s house are just some of the possibilities.

Want to learn more? For more information, call 704-733-9800 or visit