I recall 100 years ago going to Gino's in Chicago and know what a big deal it is so I was excited to see this new addition to Phoenix dining.
The night before the officially opened we drove by and there was a line that wrapped around the building and down the sidewalk. A week later we attempted to dine there and there was a two hour wait, so we were happy to stop on a Monday afternoon for lunch.
We drove up and were surprised to see there was valet parking taking up nearly every parking spot. At lunchtime that is a little off-putting and we did see one car leave after seeing this, We were told it is because of the limit parking, which is so untrue. They have one of the larger parking lots I have seen recently. I just mention the valet because it will automatically turn people (not me) from dining. Sure the valet is free but what that means to me is, free but please tip your valet $5.... which I always do.
Once inside the restaurant we were greeted by a team of hosts (all friendly) and then we decided upon a booth in the bar. The dining room appeared to me rather smallish, the bar nice sized and there was also an outdoor patio with plenty of seating. All very nice.
Our server, I forget her name, was sweet, talkative and informative and helped us with our selection. My husband and I shared a medium thin crust pizza, I believe called a meat lovers, and our friend had the pasta dish made with zucchini (instead of traditional pasta.)
Our pizza was excellent and there wasn't a single piece left, and I noticed that the crust of the last bite was a crispy as the first. I can't recall experiencing that anywhere.
Although our friend didn't love his "pasta" dish (it was the zucchini pasta he didn't care for) he enjoys the place because he has returned for lunch four times since.
They have a nice selection of meals, besides pizza. Good beer and very friendly staff.
Beware that the deep dish pizzas take 45 minutes to bake, and they say 30 minutes for the thin crush, although I don't believe we waited that long.
We will return often.
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