A family-owned restaurant business has expanded into Luzerne County, opening its fifth location in Kingston.

Nina’s Wing Bites & Pizza opened a restaurant that offers takeout and delivery at 761 Wyoming Ave. The restaurant sells boneless wing bites, pizza, soups, salads, wings, hoagies and more.

Brother and sister owners Joe Macciocco and Maria McLaine opened their first location in Dunmore in 2004 and named the restaurant after their mother. Throughout the years, they have expanded menu offerings and locations into Blakely, South Abington Twp. and Carbondale.

Rebecca Brown, general manager at the Kingston location, said the restaurant is well-known for its wing bites. Customers can choose mild, hot, barbecue, honey mustard, buffalo garlic Parmesan, hot Caesar or Cajun sauces.

SEAN MCKEAG / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Kelsey Maconeghy, second from right, manager of Nina’s Wing Bites & Pizza in Dunmore, and Susie Reap, right, an employee at Nina’s in Dunmore, train Kingston store employees Amanda Lee Rambus, left, and Megan Oakley, how to use the point-of-sale system in the new Kingston location on Wyoming Avenue on Thursday.

Nina’s also has been doing a “summer heat” special and rotating different flavor sauces at its other locations, Brown said.

Customers were asked to participate in a Facebook poll and choose a flavor. Sweet and spicy bourbon soon will roll out for wing bites at all locations, including Kingston, she said.

Brown said many customers have been asking that Nina’s Wing Bites & Pizza open a location in Luzerne County.

“We’re so happy to be here,” she said. “Last week, we went out to local businesses in this area and to the fire station and the police station and gave out free food and it was awesome. We had a lot of great responses. Everyone was super welcoming.”

The Kingston location formerly housed Teberio’s Pizza and Cosmo’s Cheesesteaks.

Thursday’s customers included Jason Giza and his fiance, Sheli Sides of Kingston, who picked up wing bites, mozzarella sticks and french fries.

Sides said they recently moved to the area and they used to go to Nina’s in Dunmore all the time. She said they love the wing bites and they are happy Nina’s opened in Kingston.

“We love it,” she said. “We were so excited that we couldn’t wait.” Nina’s is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

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