Sanfratello's brings Chicago-style pizza to the Valley

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey
By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GILBERT, Ariz. -- If you've ever had Chicago-style pizza, you know how delicious it can be! Now you can get a taste of it right here in the Valley.

What a way to end National Pizza Week! Sanfratello's Pizzeria is opening a take-out and delivery location this weekend in Gilbert. It's a family-style concept that originated in Chicago in the 1960s, and is now expanding to the Valley.

Sanfratello's is known for its signature product, a thin crust "party cut" (square cut) style pizza, which boasts fresh meats and cheese. We got a preview of the tasty product on Friday’s Good Morning Arizona.

The ingredients for the pizza are imported from Chicago each week to ensure consistency with the beloved Windy City product.

Sanfratello's uses all-natural ingredients in their dishes. A mash-up of traditional Italian and Chicago styles, the handmade pizzas are made daily with fresh dough and savory sauce, which is made from a recipe handed down from past generations.

The family prides itself on the use of Scamorza, a higher-grade cheese than the ones used by competitors. The cheese is known for its better taste and higher burning point - which makes for perfectly cooked dough every time.

"It's made in Joliet," says Joe Sanfratello. "It's twice-aged and a little more expensive, but you see the flavor."

Scott Dunnett, franchisee and long-time fan of Sanfratello's, decided that Arizona would be a perfect location to expand the business. A former trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, Dunnett grew up playing sports frequenting the best pizzerias in Chicago. However, there has always been one that stood out, Sanfratello's Pizza, a famous little pizzeria in the small town of Glenwood, Illinois.

He decided that this was the piece of home he wanted to bring with him to the Phoenix area when he and his family moved to Arizona in 2012.

"When I learned that the same ingredients could be trucked out here from Chicago several times a week, it was a slam dunk," said Dunnett. "Having Joe Sanfratello here helping me launch this first location in Arizona has been incredible. We look forward to sharing this one of a kind pizza with our valley neighbors!"

On Saturday, January 17 during their grand opening celebration, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., they will host giveaways (including a chance to win free pizza for an entire year), offer free food samples, and provide live music from School of Rock Gilbert.

Delivery is available within a 5 mile radius, and take-out is also available.

857 E. Warner Road
Gilbert, Ariz. 85296