I know one of the things we miss the most on keto is pizza. While there are tons of keto friendly pizza recipes online, sometimes you’re just craving take out. I get it! The awesome thing about Marco’s Pizza keto friendly options is that they have pizza bowls. And yes, Marcos Pizza Bowls are totally keto.
How to Survive Keto at Marco’s Pizza?
It’s really not as hard as you may think. As opposed to Domino’s or Pizza Hut, Marco’s Pizza serves crustless pizza bowls. It’s not the authentic Italian quality pizza taste, but it’s as close you can get especially on the ketogenic diet.
Here are 3 rules to follow:
- Stay away from pizza crust. Although this is probably a no-brainer, sometimes you might get tempted and think that one slice will fit into your macros and net carbs for the day.Don’t even think about it! To give you an example, a slice from the small cheese pizza without the original sauce is 23g of total carbs. Once you calculate net carbs, it’s still 22g.22g of net carbs for a small slice of pizza? No thanks.
- Avoid calzones, sides and subs with buns. I know finger foods are awesome, but now at Marco’s Pizza. Stick to pizza bowls instead or if you’re not one of the pizza lovers, get a sub without the bun instead.
- No desserts & sugary drinks. That’s usually the case at any take out fast food joint!
Hack Marco’s Pizza Bowls to make them keto!
All of Marcos pizza bowls are under 20g of net carbs, but what if I told you you can cut down on the carbs even more?
Simply ask for none of their signature pizza sauce. It contains 7g of total carbs and 1g of dietary fiber which amounts to 6g of net carbs!
Since tomatoes are the base for any pizza sauce, you can only imagine the amount of sugar it contains. Therefore, let’s stay away!
Marco’s Pizza Keto-Friendly Options
Specialty Pizza Bowls
As mentioned above, all of these are a great choice and the macros are indeed keto, however if you want to bring down the carb count ask for no tomato sauce – it’s 6g of net carbs!
Considering the serving size equals to a half of the pizza bowl, I recommend you skip on the pizza sauce and if you’re on keto for weight loss, watch your calories as well.
All Meat Pizza Bowl (no original sauce)
This pizza bowl contains pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage and bacon. All with three fresh signature cheeses and the original sauce, plus romesan seasoning.
Nutrition info (half a bowl): 600 kcal; 46g fat; 40g protein; 5g total carbs; 4g net carbs
Deluxe Pizza Bowl (no original sauce)
Hands down one of my favorite crustless pizza bowls! Here you’ll get a bowl with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onions with the original pizza sauce, three cheeses and romesan seasoning.
Nutrition info (half a bowl): 490 kcal; 38g fat; 28g protein; 7g total carbs; 6g net carbs
Garden Pizza Bowl (no original sauce)
Any vegetarian pizza lovers out there? If that’s the case, then you’ll absolutely love this option. In this crustless pizza bowl you’ll get mushrooms, black olives, onions, sliced tomatoes, the three cheese blend, romesan seasoning and garlic sauce.
Nutrition info (half a bowl): 390 kcal; 30g fat; 22g protein; 9g total carbs; 8g net carbs
The Buffalo Chicken Pizza Bowl
You can get this crustless pizza bowl as is, no modifications needed. It comes with grilled chicken, the La Nava hot sauce, the three cheese blend (regular cheese, white American cheese and feta cheese crumbles plus red onions.
Nutrition info (half a bowl): 440 kcal; 30g fat; 22g protein; 7g total carbs; 6g net carbs
The Philly Pizza Bowl
Out of all the keto crustless pizza bowls, this might be my favorite. Here you’ll get steak, cheese, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. It’s a good option if you’re watching your weight – in comparison to other pizza bowls, it’s low in calories.
Nutrition info (half a bowl): 340 kcal; 21g fat; 23g protein; 8g total carbs; 7g net carbs
Marco’s Pizza Keto Friendly 6″ Subs
Make sure to order these without the bun and ask for a bowl. You can always add more toppings if you want something more filling.
Chicken Club Sub (no bun)
Order it without the bread and ask for your own bowl filled with grilled chicken, bacon, cheese, tomato slices and mayonnaise.
Nutrition info: 410 kcal; 27g fat; 33g protein; 6g total carbs; 5g net carbs
For more information on nutrition, check out Marco’s Pizza interactive nutrition menu.
Ham & Cheese Sub (no bun)
This bunless sandwich contains ham, provolone cheese, mayonnaise, red onions and tomato slices.
Nutrition info: 350 kcal; 26g fat; 24g protein; 5g total carbs; 4g net carbs
Italiano Sub (no bun)
If you don’t want to eat pizza, order this sub without the bread. You’ll get ham, salami, provolone cheese, low carb sub dressing, banana peppers, red onions and tomato slices.
Nutrition info: 430 kcal; 33g fat; 27g protein; 5g total carbs; 4g net carbs
Meatball Sub (no bun)
At Marco’s Pizza, none of the meatballs contain breadcrumbs which is why they’re perfectly okay on any low carb diet. Ask for a bowl and get meatballs with parmesan cheese, provolone cheese and the original pizza sauce.
Nutrition info: 420 kcal; 14g fat; 16g protein; 7g total carbs; 6g net carbs
Steak & Cheese Sub (no bun)
Here you’ll get steak, cheese, mushrooms and mayonnaise. Don’t forget to ask for a bowl and no bun!
Nutrition info: 360 kcal; 24g fat; 23g protein; 5g total carbs; 5g net carbs
Veggie Sub (no bun)
Once of the few low carb options for vegetarians, here you can get some cheddar cheese, black olives, green peppers, mushrooms, red onions, tomato slices and the low carb sub dressing in a bowl.
Nutrition info: 290 kcal; 23g fat; 11g protein; 9g total carbs; 8g net carbs
Marco’s Pizza Keto Friendly Salads
Instead of getting a Marco’s Pizza bowl you can always opt for something more healthy and nutritious. These salads are pretty awesome, but I keep in mind to skip on the croutons. Also remember that one serving size equals half of a salad.
Chicken Caesar Salad (regular, no croutons)
Here you’ll get a mix of iceberg and romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, shaved parmesan cheese and a low carb caesar dressing.
Nutrition info (half a salad): 320 kcal; 27g fat; 13g protein; 5g total carbs; 3g net carbs
Garden salad (regular, no croutons)
In this salad you’ll get a mix of iceberg and romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, black olives, green peppers, red onions, tomatoes and ranch dressing.
Nutrition info (half a salad): 320 kcal; 22g fat; 4g protein; 7g total carbs; 5g net carbs
Greek Salad (regular)
You don’t need to customize anything in this salad to make it low carb and keto! It has a blend of iceberg and romaine lettuce, feta cheese, banana peppers, black olives, red onions, tomatoes and greek dressing.
Nutrition info (half a salad): 340 kcal; 32g fat; 6g protein; 7g total carbs; 5g net carbs
Italian Chef Salad (regular, no croutons)
Make sure you order this salad without any croutons. It has iceberg and romaine lettuce, ham, salami, provolone cheese, red onions and tomatoes.
Nutrition info (half a salad): 160 kcal; 11g fat; 12g protein; 5g total carbs; 3g net carbs
Hot chicken wings (1 piece): 80 kcal; 6g fat; 5g protein; 2g total carbs; 2g net carbs
Plain chicken wings (1 piece): 80 kcal; 6g fat; 5g protein; 2g total carbs; 2g net carbs
Marco’s Pizza Keto Friendly Toppings
You also have an option to create your own Marco’s Pizza bowl and customize it in any way you like. Aside from pineapple, you can get all the toppings and add-ons you want to.
All values provided are in net carbs.
Meat & Protein
- Anchovies – 0g
- Bacon – 0g
- Classic pepperoni – 0g
- Old World pepperoni – 0g
- Grilled chicken – 1g
- Ground beef – 0g
- Ham – less than 1g
- Italian sausage – 2g
- Meatballs – og
- Salami – 0g
- Steak – 1g
- Extra cheese – less than 1g
- Cheddar cheese – 2g
- Feta cheese – 1g
- Parmesan cheese – 0g
- Banana peppers – less than 1g
- Black olives – 1g
- Fresh spinach – less than 1g
- Garlic sauce – 0g
- Green olives – less than 1g
- Green peppers – less than 1g
- Jalapeños – less than 1g
- Mushrooms – less than 1g
- Onions – 2g
- Red onions – 2g
- Sliced tomatoes – 0g
Our final opinion
Despite the name, Marco’s Pizza isn’t all that difficult when it comes to choosing a low carb, keto friendly meal. You can choose from crustless pizza bowls, salads or order a sub without the bun.
Most of the toppings are keto friendly as well, aside from pineapple and depending on your preferences, the original sauce isn’t low in net carbs either. The best thing to do is to avoid it altogether.
What if you want to try out a homemade, keto friendly pizza recipe? Check out these 3 recipes:
- Chicken Crust Keto Pizza – I know you may be skeptical at first, but trust me – this recipe is to die for! Plus, the entire chicken pizza is less than 1g of total carbs. Can’t get any better than this.
- Fathead Keto Pizza – with mozzarella cheese as the star ingredient of this crust, you’ll definitely satisfy all of your cheesy cravings. You can prep it in 5 minutes and cook it in 15, for a total of 20 minutes!
- Keto Pizza Casserole – a cheesy and flavorful dish for all the pizza lovers! It’s a delicious take on a keto friendly pizza, but in a casserole. Make it for dinner in only 30 minutes!