Tucson locals now have a new pizza joint to check out, as a prominent, family-size pizza restaurant that has been making waves in California in recent years before testing the waters in metro Phoenix has now opened its very first location right here in the Old Pueblo.
Mountain Mike’s Pizza has been going strong in California for over 40 years now. The original restaurant opened in Newport Beach back in 1978. Since its initial inception, it has since spread throughout the state as well as the West Coast. The chain has expanded to include nearly 300 locations, most of which can be found in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho. Best known for the mountain of toppings (specifically pepperoni) which is topped on every pizza, the restaurant only recently pushed into Arizona. There are now two locations serving customers up in the Valley, with more restaurants expected in the coming years. However, here in Tucson, the newest Mountain Mike’s Pizza is its first and, if the launch proves successful, more are likely to follow.
Mountain Mike’s offers several fan favorites, and while this does include an extensive menu, there is also the ever-popular pizza buffet (not all that different from the classic Pizza Hut lunchtime buffet). With the Tucson location, the all-you-can-eat pizza buffet kicks off at 11 AM and runs until 2 PM every weekday (excluding Saturday and Sunday).
One of the reasons Mountain Mike’s has proven so popular wherever it opens isn’t simply because of its impressive menu. It is because of its fundraising and charitable donations. Mountain Mike’s Pizza loves setting up special events, where the restaurant will often donate anywhere between 20 and 40 percent of the bill directly to the event, which can range from raising money for a youth sports team all the way to non-profit organizations. This way, Mountain Mike’s can both feed guests as well as donate funds to the desired cause.
As for the menu, there are the classic pizzas, such as the Pepperoni, Cheese, The Everest (pepperoni, Italian sausage, salami, linguica beef, black olives, bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions, plus Pikes Peak (Italian sausage, pepperoni, salami, linguica, ham, and beef). The restaurant also has a wide selection of sandwiches, sides, salads, and desserts.
The Tucson Mountain Mike’s Pizza is located at 4362 North Oracle Road (Suite 112) and is open Sunday through Thursday, from 11 AM until 9 PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 11 AM until 10 PM.