Giordano's Pizzeria, the Chicago-based pizza chain known for its deep-dish pizza, is set to open its second Valley restaurant soon. It will be located near Tatum Blvd. and Cactus Road in Paradise Valley. ABC15 was given an exclusive first look at the restaurant before it opens.
Paul Sartin finishes installing the "G" on the "Giordano's" sign Friday at the soon-to-be-open restaurant in Paradise Valley.
Giordano's made its Arizona debut in 2016 when it opened a restaurant within Peoria's arts and entertainment district, P83, near 83rd Avenue and Bell Road.
The Paradise Valley restaurant took over the former BoneFish Grill space. It will have a "soft" opening on August 14 with a grand opening planned for September 5. Here is a look at the Paradise Valley restaurant's bar area with windows into the kitchen.
The Chicago pizzeria kept the bones of the space from its BoneFish days, including the booths in the dining room, the bar, and patio. They added wooden tables, the famous "Eat Pizza" signage, some black subway tile, and brick accents. There are three flat-screen TVs in the main dining room.
Two employees practice tossing and stretching pizza dough in the kitchen of the restaurant. Giordano's sources its tomatoes from California and its cheese from Wisconsin. The dough is shipped in cooled trucks from Henderson, Nevada where it has to be used within a week.
You'll find deep-dish pizza, thin crust pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and salads on the menu.
The pizzas are cooked in a carousel-style oven between 445 and 455 degrees, depending on the weather. All Giordano's restaurants have an "Eat Pizza" sign.
The bar has three flat-screen TVs, more than a dozen beer taps, and eight chairs. Between the bar area, main dining room, and patio, there is seating for approximately 260 people. The bar area has booths, high tops, and a large community table.
The Paradise Valley location will also have a pick-up and to-go area. The first Giordano's restaurant opened in Chicago in 1974. They have 18 restaurants in eight states.