Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar to Open January 9 at Parkwood Cinema in Waite Park

Published On: Friday, January 27, 2012


Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar to Open January 9 at Parkwood Cinema in Waite Park

New restaurant will include THINCREDIBLE® pizza, full bar and carryout service

Zaffiro's Pizzeria & Bar
Marcus Theatres® today announced that its second Zaffiro’s Pizzeria & Bar restaurant will open to the public on Monday, January 9, 2012 at the Parkwood Cinema located at 1533 Frontage Road, Waite Park, Minn.

Zaffiro’s thin, crispy-crust pizza, a Milwaukee, Wis. tradition first introduced by the Zaffiro family in 1954, has arrived in the St. Cloud area at the newest Zaffiro’s Pizzeria & Bar,” said Bruce J. Olson, president of Marcus Theatres.  “The restaurant will feature the classic, original THINCREDIBLE pizza made from the Zaffiro family recipe developed almost 60 years ago.

In addition to pizza, Zaffiro’s will serve a variety of popular Italian menu items including bruschetta, tasty pastas, Zaffiro’s ‘Kitchen Sink’ salad, sandwiches and delectable desserts.  And that’s not all.  The full-service bar will offer signature cocktails, an extensive wine and beer list and happy-hour specials.  The 120-seat restaurant also includes a patio for those who enjoy dining alfresco during the warmer months, which we believe will be very popular.”

Mike Zaffiro, owner of the original Zaffiro’s restaurant in Milwaukee, said, “The Marcus family has taken great care in replicating the pizza my father and uncle created. I remember being taught as a young boy how to make the sausage from scratch and this original recipe is still used today. My father would be proud to know his famous thin-crust pizza loved by generations of Milwaukeeans will also now be enjoyed by families in the St. Cloud area.”

Olson said the modern, yet classic Tuscan-influenced interior will have a warm and intimate feel.  “Guests will be able to choose from a variety of booths and tables for dining in a friendly and relaxing environment.  With the opening of the new pizza restaurant, moviegoers will be able to have a delicious lunch or dinner and enjoy a movie – all in one convenient location.”

“Another exciting amenity we will offer as part of the theatre renovation project is Zaffiro’s Express.  Guests can order 8” or 16” pizzas, along with their choice of wine or beer, to enjoy in the comfort of their seat while watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster.  Moviegoers will also be able to order cocktails and beverages from the Zaffiro’s restaurant bar to bring into any of the theatre’s newly renovated auditoriums,” said Olson.

Olson added that the Zaffiro’s restaurant will offer a carryout service and iPads for guests to enjoy as they dine.  In the coming months, the restaurant also plans to introduce a delivery service as well as live acoustic music on Friday evenings.

Other renovations currently underway at the Parkwood Cinema include a new lobby area, expanded concession stand and box office, and completely renovated auditoriums with the finest state-of-the-art, comfortable memory-foam velour cushioned reclining seats.  Three of the auditoriums will be converted to intimate Luxury® Suite auditoriums featuring oversized leather UltraLuxury VIP seats with side tables and 16 inches of additional legroom.  The theatre’s restrooms will also be remodeled.

“When all of the renovations are finished, the Parkwood Cinema will be transformed into a complete entertainment destination that will appeal to residents throughout the area,” added Olson.

The theatre renovations are expected to be completed in early 2012.

For more information on Zaffiro’s Pizzeria & Bar, please visit or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page at:

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