Chicago-based Giordano’s has applied for permits to open its first Arizona location in Peoria near 83rd Avenue and Bell Road.
It will take over the space formerly occupied by Corner Bakery Cafe, and join the likes of Modern Round and Huntington University.
The news comes right after fellow Chicago pizzeria Gino’s East announced plans to open in Arcadia, and Lou Malnati’s opened earlier this year. It also comes three years after popular Chicagoland eatery Portillo’s opened to much fanfare in the Valley.
Giordano’s will have 5,500 square feet inside and plans to add a 1,700-square-foot outdoor patio.
According to its website, the Chicago pizzeria also has plans to open in Richfield, Minnesota and Las Vegas.
The pizzeria has more than 50 locations in Chicago, two in Florida, one in Indiana and one in Minnesota.
Phoenix has become a hotbed for pizza lovers. The region is home to a variety of pizzerias and styles from fast-casual chains such as Fired Pie and Mod Pizza to homegrown artisanal places including Pizzeria Bianco and Pomo Pizzeria.
The recipe for Giordano’s now-famous stuffed pizza is one that has evolved over 200 years.
Its creation began in a small northern Italian town near Torino, Italy. Mama Giordano was famous around town for her exquisite cooking. Of all her renowned dishes, her most beloved meal was her “Italian Easter Pie”. Mama Giordano would serve this double- crusted, cheese stuffed masterpiece on special occasions. This pizza pie became a sacred tradition in the Giordano family and a legend in the town of Torino. Years later, Italian immigrants Efren and Joseph Boglio moved to Chicago to start their own pizza business. The brothers introduced their Mama’s recipe for stuffed pizza. In 1974, on Chicago’s historic south side, Efren and Joseph opened the first Giordano’s in the world. Over the next 40 years and counting, millions of happy and loyal fans as well as hundreds of critics call Giordano’s the city’s “best” stuffed pizza! The rest is history you can still taste today, along with our other great starters, fresh salads, outstanding pastas and unique sandwiches.
Giordano’s is constantly making headlines, both in Chicago and nationally. The brand garners frequent media coverage and continuously tops “Best Pizza” lists and dining guides. Giordano’s has been acclaimed “Chicago’s Best Pizza” by NBC, CBS Chicago, New York Times, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Eater, Home & Garden Magazine, Concierge Preferred and more!