Uncle Maddio's to Open First Restaurant in Ocala, Fla.

Uncle Maddio's Pizza, the create-your-own fast-casual pizza franchise, will open its first location in Ocala, Fla., on Jan. 29. The top pizza franchise will be located at 2606 SW 19th Avenue Road. To introduce the community to Uncle Maddio's, the restaurant will host a grand opening party on Saturday, Jan. 30, with free pizza to guests in line from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Uncle Maddio's has three other restaurants in Florida with 12 more planned in the North and Central regions.

Uncle Maddio's is a next generation restaurant that lets guests build their own pizza exactly how they want it and cooked in fast baked ovens and served to their tables in about six minutes. Guests choose from one of three crusts, including a delicious gluten-free option, and 48 toppings, including six sauces, 27 vegetables and 15 meats. Everything is fresh, from the pizza dough and sauce that's made in-store each day to the wide variety of veggies. For guests looking to expand their pizza horizons, Uncle Maddio's also offers signature pizzas ranging from the meaty Big Max to the spicy Jamaican Jerk. Create-your-own salads and Foldwich sandwiches round out the Italian-inspired menu. The restaurant also offers a selection of craft beers and wine.

"The people of Ocala love pizza and there is no place like Uncle Maddio's in the area. I know they will enjoy creating their own pizzas with their favorite toppings and having it served to the table fast," said Kim Ragle, Uncle Maddio's Ocala franchisee. "My family and I call Ocala home and we look forward to sharing Uncle Maddio's with our community."

Ragle is a new member of the fast-casual pizza business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and Nursing and is a practicing registered nurse and a mother to two children. She and her husband Ritch are now taking their interest and enthusiasm for business and adding restaurant franchisees to their resumes. While still keeping their jobs, they will also be able to follow their dream of becoming entrepreneurs and remain active in the Ocala community."

"Kim is an excellent example of someone who has a dream to own their own business and found the right opportunity with Uncle Maddio's," said Matt Andrew, CEO. "We are excited to have her, and the entire Ocala area, join the Uncle Maddio's family."

Our staff is working hard to get ready for the busy weekend!

Our staff is working hard to get ready for the busy weekend!