Hayward’s Restaurant on Lynnfield Street has built up a stellar reputation for its outstanding seafood dishes and breakfast menu.
The popular restaurant, owned by Taso Mavros, has received several Readers’ Choice Awards in recognition of its culinary excellence.
Mavros, who took over Hayward’s operations seven years ago, expanded his menu on Jan. 1, bringing pizza on board to the delight of pizza lovers young and old.
“We’re getting a great response from our customers for the pizza,” said Mavros. “We give them all kinds of varieties, from cheese and pepperoni, to mushroom, vegetable, white pizza, scallop and bacon, scampi – we’ll make anything that a customer wants.”
The pizzas come in two sizes, 10-inch for $5.25, 16-inch for $8.50. There is a “Beat the Clock” special from 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays: if you call at 5:30 p.m., for example, the pizza will cost $5.30. On Tuesdays, a small cheese pizza for pickup costs $3.75.
Mavros is experienced in the skill of pizza making. He worked in the family restaurants at Salem Willows and on Lafayette Street in Salem.
“I’ve been in the restaurant business since I was 16 years old,” said Mavros. “My dad [Theodore Mavros] taught me how to cook.”
Taso Mavros and his wife, Nancy, and their daughter, Amanda, are carrying on the family tradition and North Shore residents are finding out that the family makes great pizza.