In 2002, business partners Rick Freedman and Doug Stanton moved from Portland to Sedona in search of a dryer climate. The red rocks of Sedona suited them perfectly, but there was just one problem. The town had no good pizza. The two were custom home builders by profession, but one day over lunch they decided they should open a gourmet pizza restaurant. Over the past 20 years, Picazzo’s has evolved to become a healthy Italian restaurant with a focus on vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and allergy-friendly options and expanded to include restaurants in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Arrowhead, Tempe, and Gilbert.
On Wednesday, November 9, Picazzo’s will celebrate their 20th anniversary at all six locations with specials, giveaways, and fun photo ops. That day, the first 20 guests at each location (over age 18) to dine in the restaurants will receive a $20 Picazzo’s gift card. Picazzo’s Healthy Hour happy hour specials on food and drinks will be available all day long (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and guests are invited to snap a photo at Picazzo’s that day and tag Picazzo’s in an Instagram post for a chance to win a $200 Picazzo’s gift card (See store for promotion details).
“We pride ourselves on providing quality, healthy dining options for individuals who may have dietary restrictions as well as our guests who do not,” says Picazzo’s Managing Partner Chris Disney. “Picazzo’s is excited to celebrate our 20th year in business, and we’re even more excited looking towards the future and our continued growth. Our team can’t wait to celebrate with our many loyal customers, and we hope to see everyone on November 9!”
Picazzo’s is an Arizona-based family-owned and operated restaurant with locations in Sedona, Scottsdale, Tempe, Paradise Valley, Arrowhead, and Gilbert. Picazzo’s sources clean, whole foods, rich in nutrients, blended with fantastic flavors. The locally owned restaurant offers a fusion approach to a modern-Italian cuisine that sprinkles in the bold flavors of Asian, Mediterranean, and Mexican ingredients into their menu of salads, entrees, pasta, and pizza. Picazzo’s goal is to bring people together through food and compassion, by meeting the need for quality, healthy dining options for individuals that may have dietary restrictions as well as their guests that do not, bringing everyone together in the same dining experience. Picazzo’s is committed to providing a wide selection of vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and allergy-friendly items, and sourcing the cleanest, healthiest ingredients available. The restaurant sources 95% organic produce, and makes sauces and dressings from scratch, using organic spices and non-GMO sunflower and imported olive oils. In addition to the main menu, Picazzo’s also offers a separate 100% vegan menu with salads, entrées, pasta, pizza, and desserts, using brands that support the plant-based diet, such as Follow Your Heart, Daiya and Beyond Meat.