Jamie's Local Love - The Rec Pizzeria

Mark and Leslie Gluck are bringing Detroit-style pizza to the Valley!

PEORIA (3TV/CBS 5) -- It took Mark Gluck and his wife, Leslie, 20 years to make Mark's pizza dreams come true. The two Phoenicians are bringing Detroit-style pizza to the Valley with The Rec Pizzeria.

So what is Detroit-style pizza? It's prepared in a rectangular pan (hence, the name The Rec Pizzeria), there is cheese up to the edge -- which caramelizes! -- and it has an incredible crunch when you bite into the cheesy goodness.

Mark and Leslie did a lot of research to find Detroit-style pizza.

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The two met when they were students at Trevor Browne High School in Phoenix. Mark was working as a pizza delivery driver at 16.

Even though he owned a construction and painting company as an adult, he knew he would return to his love of pizza.

Jamie's Local Love - The Rec Pizzeria

Detroit-style pizza is prepared in a rectangular pan (hence, the name The Rec Pizzeria).

The Glucks thought they would open a wood-fired pizzeria, but then on a late-night internet pizza-research binge, Mark found Detroit-style. He says he and Leslie knew on the first bite they had to make The Rec a reality.

The Detroiter is a pepperoni pizza; the S.O.P. is sausage, onion and peppers. You can get vegan options and even a cauliflower crust.

The Rec Pizzeria

20340 N. Lake Pleasant Road, Ste. 105 (99th Avenue and Beardsley Road)

Peoria, AZ 85382



Instagram: @theRECpizzeria

Facebook: facebook.com/therecpizzeria

You'll find Jaime Cerreta anchoring 3TV's Good Morning Arizona on Saturday and Sunday mornings. During the week, she reports on everything from crime scenes and breaking news to restaurant openings and community events.


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