Caliano Brings NYC-Style Pizza To San Diego's South County

March 30, 2023

From a catering company on a trailer to a custom built food truck, Caliano has continued to evolve and has opened a brick-and-mortar NYC-style pizzeria in San Diego's South County. 

Chef Mario Maruca has operated Caliano food truck around San Diego for many years years. He was also once a founding partner at The Friendly, but has since sold his interest in the North Park-based pizzeria. Maruca also opened Cafe Califas Italian restaurant in San Diego's Barrio Logan in spring 2022, but closed the restaurant a short time later. 

Maruca has now opened Caliano Pizza within a small retail plaza off Brandywine Avenue in Chula Vista. Expect a menu of New York City-inspired pizza available by the slice or whole pie. The restaurant also offers several sandwiches, including, meatball, chicken parm, a cheesesteak, a chopped cheese, and a pair of burgers, as well as buffalo wings, fries and two salads. 

Caliano Pizza is now open at 1655 Brandywine Avenue in San Diego's South County city of Chula Vista. For more information, visit