Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch neighborhood will get a new spot for personal pizza this spring. Called Pizza Me, the restaurant will offer personal pizza in a style similar to Chipotle. The restaurant will be located at 9619 North Hayden Road, on the southeast corner of Hayden and Mountain View roads.
The fast casual restaurant market, which includes restaurants like Chipotle, has been one of the few segments of the restaurant industry to show consistent growth over the past five years. In comparison, fast food sales decreased last year and in 2010.
The idea behind Pizza Me is simple: You will be able to select the toppings you want as they're placed on the pizza, and by the time you've paid and gotten your drink, the pizza should be ready.
If you choose to create your own pizza, you'll be able to add as many toppings as you want. And if you'd rather leave it to the pros, you'll be able to choose from seven different signature pizzas, including pesto chicken, barbecue chicken, margherita, veggie, and the Trilogy, a three-meat pizza.
Pizza Me will offer just two sizes of pizza, a regular "Me" 11-inch personal pie and a "Mini Me" kids' size 6-incher. And, yes, there will be a gluten-free crust option in the 11-inch size.
The restaurant also will offer entree and side salads, which you'll be able to create yourself or order off a signature menu. Beverage options will include tea, soft drinks, lemonade, milk, juice, shakes, floats, domestic and craft beer, and wine by the glass.
This new joint will be competing with Fired Pie for your custom-pizza dollars. The Fired Pie mini-chain already has two locations in Phoenix and claims to be the "the Chipotle of pizza and salad."
Pizza Me expects to be open by mid-April, when it will host a grand opening event, where at least one person will win free pizza for a year.
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