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Zio’s Italian Kitchen
Zio’s Italian Kitchen is a traditional casual-dining chain specializing in homemade Italian food at reasonable prices. The concept offers large portions of made-from-scratch foods in a comfortable, family-friendly environment. Mazzio’s Corp. owns and operates the Zio’s chain. Most units are freestanding and situated in suburban retail areas. Interiors are reminiscent of an Italian open-air piazza with an exhibition-style kitchen where customers can view the wood-burning brick ovens and fresh pasta preparation. Catering and curbside pickup services are also available. Ken Selby, founder and chairman of Mazzio’s Corp., opened the first Zio’s Italian Kitchen in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1994. Mazzio’s also operates the limited-service Mazzio’s Italian Eatery concept.