First Taste

Federal Pizza: Wood-Fired Fare, Corn Coins, and Growlers to Go

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Federal Pizza Location: 5210 North Central Avenue Open: One week. Eats: Pizza, apps, and salads. Price: Between $11 and $30 per person.

Maybe more banks should sell pizzas -- or more pizza places should be banks. In any case, Federal Pizza, the latest restaurant from Craig DeMarco and his Upward Projects team, seems to have come right out of the gate with some great food, an inviting scene, and a growler program that's hard to pass up.

See also: Tastemakers 2012 - Craig DeMarco and Tastemakers 2012 - MJ Coe

Located in Central Phoenix, in the historic First Federal Savings & Loan building, Federal Pizza, which opened last Monday, joins three of Upward Projects' other restaurants in the area: Windsor & Churn and Postino Central.

And like the rest of Mr. DeMarco's neighborhood, Federal Pizza is a pleasant (and tasty) place to spend some time.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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