By Sue Ellen Woodcock
Jay Silva canâ€™t hide his enthusiasm about adding Marco Pizzeria to compliment his JW Restaurant on Putnam Street.
Silva purchased JWâ€™s from Bob Deeb on July 1. At the time the pizzeria connected to the restaurant had had a fire. Silva has now rebuilt the area and is announcing the addition of Marco, a pizzeria with take out and delivery. There is also seating for 50 with a bar, all separate from JWâ€™s right next door. The name of the pizzeria comes from the chef, Marco Orfaly.
But Marco is more than just a pizzeria. There are sandwiches, appetizers, salads, flatbread, calzones, pizza and Italian entrees. In addition there will be â€œchalkboardâ€ specials written on the wall. There is also a cozy fireplace.
Silvaâ€™s vision is to have a creative American place and now he has a great mix of two places. People told him they wanted Italian food and now the menu reflects a good mix.
Silva has lived in Winthrop for eight years, but heâ€™s been coming to Winthrop for longer than that.
â€œI love the town and I love it here,â€ Silva said as he showed off Marco. â€œI want this to be a great local place.â€
He believes his work ethic in and out of the kitchen comes from his time at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston where he worked for three years. He also worked at Bambara in Cambridge. All total there are 40 people working between JWâ€™s and Marco.
Silva is also bringing back live entertainment on weekends with groups such as Vinyl Groove, Bruce Bartlett and more.
â€œThere is something for everyone,â€ Silva said, adding that space at Marco is also available to rent. â€œWeâ€™re also planning for New Yearâ€™s Eve too.â€
On Thursday, Dec. 8 there will be a grand opening of Marco from 5-10 p.m. Helping celebrate will be hockey greats Mike Eurizione and Rick Middleton.
â€œI want a family of four to come in for dinner and not break the bank,â€ Silva said.