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K.I.S.S., Keep It Simple Stupid, opens in Old Town Scottsdale

K.I.S.S. Opens In Old Town Scottsdale With Mayor Jim Lane

K.I.S.S., an East Coast-style pizza and beef joint, makes its debut today, December 3 at 11 a.m.

K.I.S.S., or Keep It Simple Stupid, pays homage to classic American favorites found in the heart of Chicago and New York City. The menu features Chicago and New York styles of pizza (offered whole and by the slice) along with Chicago dogs, antipasto salads and any type of grinder sandwich one could imagine, with an emphasis on Italian beef and sausage.

David Twigger, director of sales and marketing for K.I.S.S and The Venue Scottsdale, says everyone involved, especially Chef Anthony Crocenzi, wants everything to stay true to the East-Coast style.

“Our chef Anthony Crocenzi is from Chicago,” Twigger says. “He got all his training there, grew-up there and fell in love with food there. It’s really important to him that we make sure everything is authentic.”

Twigger says that’s why we use a water-filtration system to create the same composition of water used in Chicago pizzerias. This process plays a role in the flavor of the hot dog and Italian sausage as both are immersed in the water while cooking.

Not only is K.I.S.S. dedicated to the type of food they provide, but it’s also dedicated to the community as well. K.I.S.S. is kicking off its grand opening with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane and donating $1 from all sandwich sales the week of December 3 to December 10 to Vista Del Camino.

Vista Del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency and relieve economic and emotional stress.

“We chose this charity because of the local connection,” Twigger says. “Scottsdale is a wonderful community, and Vista Del Camino helps maintain it.”

Mayor Lane will arrive at K.I.S.S. on December 3 at 11 a.m. to cut the ribbon for the official grand opening and get involved in the kitchen by creating his own pizza.

“Mayor Lane has been a long time resident (of Scottsdale) and is very supportive of small business,” Twigger says. “We felt like we had to include him, and we hear he’s a pizza fan.”

K.I.S.S. is also offering a grand opening special that includes $1 New York style slices and $2 deep-dish slices of pizza today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

K.I.S.S. is located at 7117 E. 3rd Ave. in Old Town Scottsdale, and its weekly hours are Monday through Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. and closed on Sundays.

K.I.S.S. Grand Opening with Mayor Jim Lane

When: Monday, December 3 at 11 a.m.
Where: 7117 E. 3rd Ave. in Old Town Scottsdale
Web: kisspizzajoint.com

The Venue Scottsdale

The Venue Scottsdale Undergoes $1 Million Upgrade

Beginning as a nightclub, The Venue Scottsdale transformed into a concert hall, then expanded into a special events site — and it only continues to grow. In response to the vision of ownership and to appeal to a wider range of clientele, the venue has undergone a $1 million design upgrade, and additions have been made to the property as well.

“We wanted to have a wider reach to our clients,” says David Twigger, director of sales and marketing for The Venue Scottsdale.

The 29,000-square-foot building did away with the New Orleans style décor, for which it was known, and upgraded to a classy, modern look.

“Our vision was to bring the outdoors indoors,” Twigger says. “With the retractable roof and stonework contrasted by soft fabrics, it gives you an outdoor feel.”

According to Twigger, the New Orleans style décor was outdated and too dressed up.

“If you have a signature theme, you can only cater to certain clients,” Twigger adds. “The new design is a clean palette and can be used for a variety of themes and decorated to match your vision.”

After 17 years of owning the property, Victor Perillo decided to reinvest in the building due to his attachment to Old Town Scottsdale. Perillo’s ultimate goal is to expand into other cities, and Twigger believes remodeling the venue is a step in the right direction.

The Venue Scottsdale“This sets us up for more clientele and is a stepping stone for expansion,” Twigger says.

The design was decided upon based on both ownership request and a designer in southern California who deemed it appropriate.

“The Israeli limestone and earthy tones are going to keep us attractive to our higher-end clientele,” Twigger says.

Not only did The Venue Scottsdale undergo remodeling, an eatery was also formed as an extension of the venue.

The Chicago-style restaurant, Keep It Simple Stupid (K.I.S.S.) will also be in tune with the modern look of the venue. Designs include sharp lines, large windows and menus featured on television screens.

“It is definitely high energy,” Twigger says. “After K.I.S.S., we will focus on another extension ― V&V, a lounge (not a nightclub), which will be open to the public..

“We will offer small plates with bites to eat, and there will be a martini bar and mixology,” Twigger says.

For more information about The Venue Scottsdale, visit thevenuescottsdale.com.

The Venue Scottsdale
7117 E. 3rd Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 945-5551


Keeping Chicago-Style Food Simple With K.I.S.S.

Old Town Scottsdale is making room for a Chicago-style eatery, K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Stupid) this July — located in a sleek space next to The Venue Scottsdale and V2, a two-story, 8,000-square-food lounge opening 2013.

Chef Anthony CrocenziAt 900 square feet, K.I.S.S. offers exactly that on its menu ― simple ingredients in its Chicago- and New York-styles of “back east” pizza. The menu will also consist of Italian beef and sausage, grinder sandwiches, hot dogs and antipasto salads.

“We are extremely excited about K.I.S.S. and the opportunity it brings to not only The Venue Scottsdale, but also to the Old Town area,” says David Twigger, director of sales and marketing for The Venue Scottsdale and K.I.S.S. “The eatery will serve the local community, offering simple food with a flare to dine-in or to-go.”

K.I.S.S. Chef Anthony Crocenzi, who was born and raised in Chicago and immersed in the downtown culinary scene for more than 10 years, will replicate the unique flavors of the area by incorporating and utilizing a process to create the same composition of water used in Chicago pizzerias. With this unique flavor of water, it will play a role in how the hot dogs and sausages taste.

With granite countertops and a modern interior, K.I.S.S.’s environment will provide an upscale, unique setting for guests.

For more information about K.I.S.S., visit its Facebook page.

7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 945-5551
Monday – Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.