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Snooze in Gilbert will open July 15th

On Wednesday, July 15, downtown Gilbert’s red-hot restaurant row in the historic Heritage District is about to get even tastier with the opening of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery (310 N. Gilbert Rd.) inside an all-new building built between Joyride Taco House and Oregano’s. Located just north of the intersection of Gilbert Road and Page Avenue, this custom-constructed 4,200 sq.-ft. space featuring an inviting glass storefront and an extensive dining patio will house the third Valley location of this popular breakfast and brunch hotspot. The new Gilbert location will showcase Snooze’s signature bold, colorful atmosphere and retro-futuristic décor, best described as The Jetsons meets Happy Days. Diners can settle in at one of Snooze’s famed ’tilt-a-wheel’ circular booths, or step through the series of rollaway garage doors and unwind on the expansive patio.  And as always, Snooze will offer free coffee and games of corn hole and ping pong to anyone waiting for a table.

Founded in Denver, CO in 2006, Snooze opened its first Arizona location in Phoenix in November 2013, with a grand opening that raised funds for four handpicked nonprofits including Not My Kid and St. Mary’s Food Bank, the oldest food bank in the world. Snooze opened its second location in Tempe near ASU in December 2014 and partnered with Tempe Community Action Agency and Project C.U.R.E. as grand opening nonprofit partners.  In total, Snooze has raised over $27,000 for Arizona-based charities during openings.  Snooze Gilbert’s grand opening will raise funds for two handpicked nonprofit partners, the Gilbert Historical Museum and the Gilbert Education Foundation.


Top 5 Restaurants: Italian (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants Italian! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.

Top 5 Restaurants: Italian

4925 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ 8501

(602) 324-5600
Every day, North’s chefs start from scratch to create dishes like Strozzapreti with Bloomsdale spinach or supple ribbons of tagliatelle for its Bolognese. North’s pizza is a revelation: an airy, barely chewy center embraced by a perfectly crisp crust.

Franco’s Italian Caffe
4327 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 481-7614
After a six-year hiatus, Franco Fazzuoli and Chef Steve Martin are once again impressing Italian cuisine seekers at their new Franco’s Italian Caffe location in Old Town Scottsdale.

3225 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016

(602) 956-0836
Voted best Italian Restaurant in the Valley since 1977, Tomaso’s celebrates simplicity and quality of authentic Italian food and wine with humor and hospitality.

4175 N. Goldwater Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 265-9814
The cozy restaurant and lounge offers Italian comfort food, pizza, salads and appetizers like house-made meatballs, bruschetta and scallops. Beer and wine are available on tap, or guests can try one of EVO’s signature cocktails such as the Evo Maid.

Location: Locations throughout Arizona
An original Chicago-style pizza joint serving award-winning thin crust, stuffed and pan pizzas to the sounds of Sinatra, Martin and big band music.

Oregano’s Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

Oregano’s Pizza Bistros, the ever-popular regional  restaurant chain known for its authentic, casual Italian food, celebrates their  20-year anniversary on November 18, 2013.  In appreciation, every Oregano’s restaurant will be giving away free pizza cookies with each lunch or dinner order.   Mark S. Russell, founder and CEO said “We want to send a great big ‘thank you’ to everyone that has supported us all these years.”

Russell opened his first Oregano’s Pizza Bistro on November 18, 1993 in old Town Scottsdale — earning $777 on the opening day! Now twenty years later, his formula for success helped him grow his business from one restaurant to 13! He has also announced plans for the newest location in Cave Creek that will open in 2014. Today, Oregano’s serves about 6,000 people per day with loyal and growing dining patrons. In addition, the average staff member has worked at Oregano’s for 14 years.

Since 1993, Oregano’s menu balances straightforward Italian fare and classics with a creative regional twist.  But, the signature dessert, that has always been the favorite of local and food critics alike, is the fresh-baked “pizza cookie” served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream.  “It’s part of our culture,” said Russell.  Complimentary pizza cookies will be offered on November 18 at all locations:

  • Oreganos Old Town 3102 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale  480-970-1860
  • Oregano’s Flagstaff 605 Riordan Rd.  Flagstaff  928-773-8600
  • Oregano’s Tempe 523 W. University Drive  Tempe  480-858-0501
  • Oregano’s Tucson 4900 E. Speedway Blvd.  Tucson  520-327-8955
  • Oregano’s Phoenix 1008 E. Camelback Rd.  Phoenix  602-941-0707
  • Oregano’s Scottsdale 7215 E. Shea  Scottsdale  480-348-0500
  • Oregano’s Mesa 1130 S. Dobson Rd.  Mesa  480-962-0036
  • Oregano’s Gilbert 328 N. Gilbert Rd.  Gilbert  480-882-9336
  • Oregano’s South Tempe 1475 W. Elliott Rd.  Tempe  480-966-0401
  • Oregano’s Chandler 1960 W. Germann Rd.  Chandler  480-265-4580
  • Oregano’s Paradise Valley 4602 E. Cactus Rd.  Phoenix 602-482-0054
  • Oregano’s Glendale 6738 W. Bell Rd.  Glendale  623-223-1150

Opened November 18, 1993, the first restaurant was established as the “New Old Town Joint.”  The building was a converted adobe farmhouse which was constructed in the early 1930’s and was later turned in to a doctor’s office. In 1964 the Fant Family sold the property to the Corral Family who started selling tamales and tortillas out of the side window, and eventually opened up Hacienda Corral restaurant. In 1976, they sold it to Benito Mellino, Angelo Livi and two other partners who opened Avanti restaurant which later became Sugar Daddy’s before Oreganos opened.

Fired Pie delivers with hot new concept

Here’s the beautiful thing about Fired Pie: In less time than a typical commercial break, the staff at Fired Pie can make you a fresh pizza that suits your taste and specifications.

Fired Pie is the latest Chipotle-inspired build-your-own-meal, fast-casual dining concept to hit the Valley. The creation of veteran restaurateur Fred Morgan — the former CEO of Oregano’s — and partners Doug Doyle and Rico Cuomo, Fired Pie’s pizzas take three minutes to bake in a brick oven after customers choose their sauce, cheese, meats, vegetables and herbs.

“The fast-casual concept is really exploding,” Morgan said. “What we’ve been able to do here is create a concept that delivers high-quality gourmet pizza at a cost and convenience that appeals to the customer.”

During a recent visit to Fired Pie, that concept created a taste sensation.
We opted to try a pizza and the Steak & Blue, one of Fired Pie’s signature salads. Signature pizzas include Hawaiian barbecue with barbecue sauce, mozzarella, Canadian bacon, pineapple and cilantro; meaty Italian with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, capicola and sausage; and tomato basil with two types of mozzarella, tomato, basil and garlic. We chose to build our own pizza with tomato sauce, pepperoni and fresh mozzarella.

Pizzas and salads are $7.75, regardless of the number of toppings.

During our visit, both dishes were exceptional. I grew up in an Italian family in New York, eating amazing homemade pizzas that my Italian grandmother spent all day preparing, so I am very discriminating when it comes to Italian food. But I can honestly say that Fired Pie’s pizzas match or exceed the quality of other Valley pizza restaurants, and they even give my grandmother a run for her money. Sorry, Grandma. The quality of the ingredients far exceed the expectations one would have from a high-end Italian restaurant, let alone a fast-casual restaurant. But Fired Pie takes that fast-casual concept to a whole new level.

The great thing for me is that one of Fired Pie’s location is at Park Central Mall, which is right across the street from my Central Phoenix office. And customers are already lining up to take advantage of the three-minute cooking time that makes a Fired Pie pizza a healthy lunch option for downtown workers.

If you do decide to get off the healthy train for a moment, words cannot adequately express the mouth-watering deliciousness of the Fired Pookie, Fired Pie’s soft-baked chocolate chip cookie topped with vanilla ice cream that only costs $3.

Trust me on this one. If Fired Pie doesn’t have you at pizza, they’ll hook you by Pookie.

Fired Pie has locations at 3049 W. Agua Fria Freeway, Deer Valley Towne Center, Phoenix; 3110 N. central Ave., Phoenix; and one coming soon to Chandler.

For more information, visit firedpie.com.