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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BUDDYZ – A Chicago Pizzeria

Finally, someone who understands and knows how to make Chicago style pizza, and sandwiches.

Buddyz has brought authentic Chicago style pizza to the Phoenix East Valley. The Scarnato family has been a fixture in the Chicago area for the past 22 years with 9 restaurants. They make their own sauce and dough daily and blend their cheese in-house and only use fresh ingredients.

They have thin crust, butter crust pan and delicious Chicago style Deep Dish. They also feature great Chicago staples like Italian beef, sausage, meatball and their own Sloppy Giuseppe. You have to try their calamari and fried mozzarella, both breaded fresh. Buddyz also makes pasta dishes with their homemade marinara sauce.

The newest Buddyz Pizzeria is located in the fast-developing area of Queen Creek, Arizona. The Scarnatos and their partner Randy are proud to offer authentic Chicago style Italian food to the East Valley.

Not that I am biased or anything because I come from Chicago and have had the pleasure of dining at their Algonquin, IL store for many years. I am a PIZZA NUT. No doubt my favorite at the top of my food chain. Since moving to AZ in 2003 I have been yearning for what I consider to be “great” pizza and Italian fare.

Not your cardboard tasting, cheap-tasting ingredient, run through the blast furnace 5 minute pizza. Buddyz is the real deal. And, you will see that the ingredients and preparation makes a big difference.

Like the pomodoro tomatoes they use, Italian sausage and beef, and blends of real cheeses. Everything I’ve had there since they opened have met and gone beyond my expectations.

Starting with the Pizza Chip appetizer to the Caprese Salad and Fried Calamari (which 
I’ve had twice already) everything is flavorful and well prepared. You have to experiment with different combinations of dishes to appreciate the full range they offer. Once we had the Italian beef sandwich (order it on garlic bread) with onion rings (rings are the best with beer-batter) and split a large thin crust pizza. Deliciousness!

Next time we had an appetizer with the Deep Dish Pizza and still had leftovers to take home. No matter which ingredients, and we tried everything from sausage, mushrooms, peppers, Italian beef, pineapple, BBQ chicken, Canadian bacon, pomodoro tomatoes, basil, asiago cheese, hot giardinara ... not all at one time of course ... they were all great. Haven’t tried the Calzones but I’ve been told they are wonderful as well. Great crust! Great sauce!

Don’t be afraid to experiment. Family-friendly. Come hungry. Good choices of wine and beer.

BUDDYZ – A Chicago Pizzeria
18423 E. San Tan Blvd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85242
Mon: Closed
Tues: 4pm-9pm
Wed: 4pm-9pm
Thu: 4pm-9pm
Fri: 4pm-10pm
Sat: 4pm-10pm
Sun: 4pm-9pm


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