2016 continues to be an amazing year when it comes to the world of delicious, Chicago-style pizza in Arizona. Firstly, Arizona-area pizza lovers were blessed when Lou Malnati’s opened a location in the Uptown Plaza, then a few months later Gino’s East made pizza headlines when they announced they would be opening a location in Arcadia.
Earlier in the summer, one of Chicago’s most famous pizzerias, Giordano’s, announced that they planned on opening an Arizona location in Peoria’s renown arts and entertainment district. However, with there summertime announcement there was no details on when the location would open its doors.
Jessica Wenson, the manager of marketing and public relations for Giordano’s, says that the restaurant plans to have its ovens on, and doors open by late-November of this year.
“We’ve had our eye on the Phoenix market for quite some time,” she said. “Giordano’s has a national frozen pizza shipping program and Phoenix has always been one of our most popular destinations, so we know we have a big fan base.”
This same frozen pizza e-commerce market is what brought other pizza giants like Lou Malnati’s and Gino’s East down to Arizona, proving that those living in the Grand Canyon State not only know and appreciate their pizza, but are not shy about seeking out the best.
Giordano’s will take over a building that was once home to The Corner Bakery Cafe, near 83rd Ave., and Bell Road. Wenson says that this location is perfect for the company, because they wanted a restaurant that had the same look and feel of a Chicago pizzeria. Sorry, Diamondback fans, but that means everything right down to the Chicago Cubs memorabilia. Though, the restaurant does plan on implementing elements of the local community into their shop, as well.
“It’s very important to us that Giordano’s is part of the community , so we’ll introduce some new, exciting elements that will be unique to the Phoenix market,” Wenson made clear.