Vero Chicago Pizza Signs Lease for New Mesa Outpost

Vero is the latest incarnation of beloved Chicago-turned-Arizona staple, Buddyz A Chicago Pizzeria.
Vero Chicago Pizza Signs Lease for New Mesa Outpost
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Vero Chicago Pizza, the franchise outgrowth of Buddyz A Chicago Pizzeria which has been serving the Valley since 2013, recently signed a lease for a new outpost located in Mesa’s Fiesta Palms shopping center at 2035 S Alma School Rd.

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A spokesperson for Vero did not immediately return a request for comment.

Vero’s parent company, Buddyz A Chicago Pizzeria, was founded by Joe and Tim Scarnato in the Windy City back in 1992. After rising to local prominence over the next 20 years, Joe Scarnato decided to bring the business to Arizona “where many Chicagoans migrated,” opening three locations in four years. 

However, it was in 2021 that the Scarnato’s decided to kick off their new venture in Gilbert, Vero Chicago Pizza, a franchise operation with “a team of two generations of Scarnatos at the helm.” What’s more, they also decided to rebrand the existing Buddyz locations into Vero.

And yet, no matter the name, the kitchen’s award-winning recipes have always remained the same.

“The Scarnato recipes that you have come to know and love over the past 30 years are never changing,” Vero writes on its website. “Our food is the driving force of our success, and we are constantly developing new exciting offerings while staying true to our roots.” 

Drew Pittock

Drew Pittock is a freelance writer from Los Angeles, CA. He’s covered music, culture, and plant-based cuisine for various media outlets from Beijing to Tallinn and beyond. He currently lives in El Paso, TX with his wife and their cat.
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