Sixth Lou Malnati’s Planned for The Valley

Following its Mesa expansion, the deep-dish pizzeria that hails from Chicago will open a location in Gilbert.
Sixth Lou Malnati’s Planned for The Valley
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Back in April of this year, What Now Phoenix broke the news of Lou Malnati’s expansion to Mesa, marking the Chicago-area deep-dish pizzeria’s fifth AZ location. Well, the pizzeria wasn’t about to stop there. A sixth Valley-area store will open in Gilbert at the corner of Pecos and Val Vista, shares Gilbert NOW over social media. Although we don’t have an exact opening date to report just yet, be assured the pizza shop is “coming soon.”

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Lou Malnati’s operates 58 “Chicagoland” locations, as well as stores in Wisconsin and Indiana, but AZ remains the company’s only southwest market.

Named for the company’s founder, this pizzeria serves up the somewhat controversial deep-dish style of pizza (we feel there’s plenty of room for more pizza love, btw). These pies are made from scratch using California vine-ripened tomatoes and a flaky, buttery crust you won’t want to miss.

Although Malnati’s only expanded to AZ for the first time in 2016, the family-owned company got its start way back in 1971. Still—six AZ locations in six years? We’ll take it. A representative from the restaurant did not immediately respond for comment, so you’ll want to check back in for updates, as well as head over to one of The Valley’s five existing locations. We hear there’s a burrata and pesto crostini back on the menu for a limited time.

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Eve Payne

Eve Payne

Eve Payne is a freelance writer with an MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. In 2019, she received the Leonard Brown Prize for her poetry, which has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, The Adroit Journal, Nashville Review, and RHINO.
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