More Than Pizza

GLENDALE | Wednesday, November 30, 2005

ADDRESS: 8110 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale (with road construction going on for at least another month, the two ways to reach the restaurant are either westbound on Union Hills Drive from the Loop 101 or, from the Wal-Mart parking lot, cross Union Hills Drive at the stoplight.

PHONE NUMBER: (623) 566-8123.

HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

OWNERS: Bill and Krista Stevens of Peoria.

OPEN SINCE: Aug. 30.

TYPE OF CUISINE: Italian-American.

SEATS: 138.

OTHER ARIZONA LOCATIONS: Three existing restaurants within 12 miles of each other in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, two under construction in Maryland and two in the design stage in Florida.

WEB SITE: www.arizonapizza.com SPECIALTY OF THE HOUSE: Barbecue Wood-Fired Pizza — barbecue sauce topped with chicken and mozzarella-cheddar blend.

MOST POPULAR APPETIZER: New England Clam Chowder — available in a bread bowl or cup.

MOST POPULAR LUNCH ENTREE: Southwest Chicken Taco — grilled marinated chicken, sautéed peppers and onions, sour cream, salsa, garlic and mozzarella-cheddar blend. MOST POPULAR DINNER ENTREE: Chicken Florentine — grilled chicken, spinach, tomato, capers, oil and garlic tossed in penne.

MOST POPULAR DESSERT: Snickers Pie.

RESERVATIONS: Call ahead to be put on the seating list.

PRICE RANGES: $3.75 (cup of New England clam chowder or chili) to $15.50 (large white seafood wood-fired pizza.) SPECIALS: Become a Cactus Club card holder and after four lunches, get the fifth free. Appetizers and alcohol are half off seven days a week between 2 and 6 p.m. Weekly lunch and dinner specials are $1 less than regular menu price.

AVAILABLE FOR: Dine in and take out with curbside pick-up.

ENTERTAINMENT: Ten booths have their own flat-screen television with remote. The bar has two flat-screen televisions that show sporting events or anything else the customers want to watch.

WHAT ELSE YOU SHOULD KNOW: The restaurant prides itself on its signature wood-fired pizzas. The menu selections are made to order, “that you can count on,” said general manager Charlie Henriques. “Our personal commitment is to provide a superior, affordable meal, served cheerfully by friendly people in a comfortable setting,” he said. Franchise opportunities are available.

HISTORY: Founders Bill and Krista Stevens have been in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years; opening their first restaurant/lounge in Massachusetts in 1980. Arizona Pizza Company is a fusion of several restaurant successes by the Stevens with the first one opening in May 2001. Bill Stevens said the couple picked the name Arizona to go along with the restaurant’s Southwest design and colors. When they opened their Glendale location, the Stevens moved their corporate office to Arizona as well.

FUTURE PLANS: Want to open five more restaurants in the northwest Phoenix area, including one in Surprise. Will have outside dining available in Glendale for 35 people.

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