The owner of Marys Pizza Shack was dedicated to keeping the rich family tradition of serving great Italian food in all of her restaurants. All of their recipes stem from Marys grandmother who immigrated to New York from Italy. Every single one of the Marys Pizza Shack locations have open kitchens so everyone can see their meals being made (the chefs are often known to give kids free slices of salami from time to time) and free breadsticks on the front counter. According to many reviewers, along with Marys great pizza and pasta, they also provide an environment that is extremely kid friendly. The staff and managers at their location in Novato are said to be exceptionally great with kids while still maintaining a professional appearance for adults.