A fortuitous layoff and a heartfelt letter have proven to be a winning combination for Chicago native Demarco Jenkins, whose Sugar Land restaurant D'Marcos Pizzeria uses recipes sourced from Chicago pizzeria Mama Rigetta's.
Serving both thin crust and traditional Chicago deep dish, Jenkins has crafted an unlikely hit, and he's coming to the Energy Corridor with a location in the Memorial Collection Plaza. Now in a quiet soft opening phase with a limited menu, Mama Rigetta's owners Rich and Linda Klaser plan to join the festivities surrounding the restaurant's October grand opening, just as they did when Jenkins opened the Sugar Land location.
"When I opened my first location, I reached out to Rich and Linda for their recipes because I was unable to find pizza that compared to my favorite Chicago pizzeria, Mama Rigetta's," said Jenkins in a statement. "Though I offered to purchase the recipes, Rich and Linda graciously gifted them to me with only one request: Make them proud. I believe the second opening shows how their secret recipes, which have been passed down through several generations, will continue to live on."
Although the restaurant serves traditional combinations like the South Side that features sausage, onions, green peppers, and mushrooms, D'Marcos is known for its housemade chicken sausage that uses halal meat. In either thin crust or deep dish, the signature buttery crust keeps fans coming back for more.
With the new location, now even more Houstonians will get a taste of the Windy City.