Anyone who’s tried nailing an oven-fresh pizza pie to a wall knows that pizza looks better briefly propped on a five-finger pedestal. Put pizza back where it performs best with today’s Groupon: for $9, you get $18 worth of gourmet pizzas and more at Pie Zanos Pizza Kitchen.
Pie Zanos specializes in providing single, individualized pizzas for the pizza craver on the go, and was named Best Personal Pizza by Phoenix New Times in 2005. Customers can choose a creation from the menu or build their own pizzas ($4.49+, plus toppings). In addition to crafting singular pies with gourmet ingredients, Pie Zanos offers a wide range of gluten-free and vegetarian options for folks with specialized palates. Play a long, slow blues riff in preparation for the Bo Diddley, a concoction of chipotle barbecue sauce, provolone cheese, bacon, spinach, and roasted red pepper ($6.74 personal, $13.34 large). Mount Vesuvius lovers will enjoy the Volcano, a spicy disk of red-tomato and wing sauce, sausage, pepper jack cheese, tomato, and jalapeños ($6.14–$12.14). Sensitive stomachs and the nutritionally minded might have a knack for The Natural, a crust crowned with alfredo, gorgonzola cheese, apple, caramelized onion, parmesan cheese, and honey ($7.14–$14.14). Or trundle the pizza away altogether and order the Pie-Talian, a sandwich stuffed with pepperoni, ham, salami, pepperoncini, black olives, red onion, provolone cheese and house dressing ($7.99).
The presence of gluten-free items opens up a lost treasure trove to folks who have had to give up many of their favorite foods thanks to wheat sensitivities. The casual ambiance swims in warm colors and an easygoing vibe that caters to quick lunch breaks and long, lazy stays alike.