I was really bummed to read this on Facebook.
According to a post from less than an hour ago, Marchese's Olive Pit, 1100 S. 1st St., has closed.
The update reads, "We appreciate all of your support throughout the last 4 1/2 years! It's been a good run, but we have decided it is time to close our doors. We do this with great sadness and hope everyone has enjoyed the Olive Pit as much as we have, it's been great serving you all!"
Sisters-in-law Lisa and Gina Marchese opened the pizza restaurant in early 2007. Marchese's offered delicious, unique pizzas in a classy and comfortable setting. It will be missed.
It was some of the BEST pizza in the city, but the service was awful the last three times we tried to go. On one occasion we had a clip board thrust at us by a young man who was rushed and rude, then waited 45 minutes (with a pregnant person) while tables sat uncleared and staff stood around chatting. The other time we went it wasn't very busy and we waited 20 minutes for a table with no acknowledgement. We sat at the bar thinking we would get served faster, but the bartender ignored us for another 10 minutes. We walked out on both occassions due to frustration and vowed to never go back. I tried to call the owners three days in a row to let them know m concerns. I left messages with several people, but the owners were always "busy" or "in the kitchen" and they never returned my phone calls. Sorry, you lost my business a long time ago despite having good pizza...
Went once and had a great dinner. Decided to drive down from Brookfield one night and carry out a pizza...we called them while on the freeway to order and they said "we're not accepting carry out orders tonight because we're too busy". I sadly knew right then and there they wouldn't last. No business should ever, ever tell a customer to go away.
NNNNOOOOOOO!!!! Why didn't I do more? Why didn't I buy more pies. Thank you for all the great pies. Thanks to the friendly gal who also worked at Triskele's--she was always great. Now tell me where you get that sausage!
Saw a lien in Biz Journal against The Pit. Wonder if that factored into closing.
I drove past last night and noticed the lights were out. I thought it might be closed for a staff party or something. It crossed my mind that it might be closed but their pizza was fabulous and business always seemed good. So sad.
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