For many Manhattan restaurants, a photo gallery of famous customers is a point of pride. At this Jackson Heights pizzeria, you'll find a few hand-drawn portraits, but the "wall of fame" doesn't focus on celebrity headshots and publicity stills — the center of attention is the pizza. The artists, as you've gathered, are also customers; they come from all over the neighborhood, particularly after school lets out across the way.
During my few minutes at Mario's, I noted that green — a color well-represented in my slice of spinach-and-mozzarella ($3.50) — doesn't figure strongly in the artworks currently on view. Next time, perhaps, I'll ask for a cup of crayons on the side.
Mario's Pizza & Restaurant
77-09 37th Ave. (77th-78th Sts.), Jackson Heights, Queens