Fired Pie

Are you looking for a local place to get pizza? Of course you are! We were down in Chandler the other day and stumbled upon Fired Pie. They let you build your own pizza just how you’d like it, and choose your own toppings.

If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you’ll immediately recall that this idea is exactly what was envisioned by Cosmo Kramer. His idea was a place where you go to make your own pizza. It sounded like a cool idea, but George and Jerry thought it was a terrible idea. In the same episode, Kramer goes into business with a local pizza place, and… I won’t spoil it for you.


The only significant difference between Kramer’s idea, and Fired Pie, is that you won’t need to swing any dough around, and you don’t have to bake it yourself — they do all of that for you.

All you need to do is choose your cheese, and they have seven to choose from — Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan, Feta, Gorgonzola, Fontina, or Fresh Mozzarella.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting: You can put as many toppings on as you want.

So, naturally, my pizza ended up having Pepperoni, BBQ Chicken, Canadian Bacon, Steak, and Sausage. Yeah, I was hungry, and couldn’t resist.

If you want, you can add other meats, like anchovies, meatballs, capicola, salami, and grilled or buffalo chicken. Lots of delicious88 options.

Next, you pick your veggies: I went with grilled onions and grilled mushrooms, and added pineapple, garlic, black olives, and tomatoes. You can add fresh herbs, like basil and cilantro as well. Oh, I almost forgot — I added artichoke to mine as well.


My second pizza was a little bit more on your traditional side, with Pepperoni and Canadian Bacon. Onions, Tomatoes, and Spinach finished it off, with a healthy dosing of mozzarella cheese.


After paying, you can pick any seat in the store and start drinking your fresh lemonade or beer.

An 11″ custom pie costs $7.95 and beverages are around $1.75 to $5 depending on what you order.

My pizza was perfectly done, and the crust was crunchy and thin, just like I prefer. I really appreciate the fact that they have mushrooms and onions already grilled, ready to add to the top of your pizza.


The owners of Fired Pie all worked together 20+ years ago at California Pizza Kitchen. They later connected, and decided to start a pizza place. Now, they have five locations across the valley, including two in Scottsdale, two in Phoenix, and the one we tried, in Chandler. What’s crazy, is they’ve only been open for one year!


We also tried one of the salads — delicious!


It’s fun to see Cosmo Kramer’s idea come to life!

Getting there

Visit their web site at for locations and directions.

(deer valley towne center)

(raintree ranch)

(scottsdale rd & greenway-hayden loop)

(park central)

(northsight & raintree)

Bertha’s Cafe

On August 10th, the team went over to look at a possible office space location and decided to treat Peter to lunch.

We had never been to Bertha’s Cafe before, but knew we had to try it.

I had the Chicken Pesto (Sliced chicken, tomatoes, lettuce, roasted red peppers and pesto mayo) and it was very good!

Bertha’s Cafe
3134 E Indian School Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Phone: (602) 955-1022

Five inexpensive lunch spots in Phoenix

I’m all about the high quality lunch but sometimes spending $10 to $15 on lunch is out of the question. That’s when I like to get the most bang for the buck. So in this article I’m going to highlight some of the five best meals in Phoenix for under $8.

  1. Pei Wei Asian Diner – I’m positive this entry will surprise a few people. However it shouldn’t. Pei Wei opened for the express purpose of providing ala cart takeout food at a lower cost than their sister restaurant P.F. Changs. The best meal to order is the Pad Thai and you can usually get out of the door for $7 + change without a drink. It’s a lot of food and it’s good.
  2. Einstein’s Bagels – Thinking about lunch and a stop at Starbucks for lunch? Prepare to spend $10. Or you can go to Einsteins and get a Spinach and Bacon Panini with coffee for about $6 out the door. Einstein’s provides unlimited coffee refills which means you can get all the coffee you want for that low price. If the Spinach and Bacon Panini doesn’t wet your appetite you can usually combine other entries for just two dollars more.
  3. Rubios Fresh Mexican Grill – Walk in and buy the Tres Tacos deal (you can get steak, chicken, or of course my personal favorite the fish tacos). This meal is about $6 and for the money quite tasty. Or if you want a quick snack get the individual tacos for about $1.99.
  4. NYPD Pizza – It’s a great place to get good pizza by the slice and you can usually walk away satisified without having bought a whole pizza.
  5. TexAZ Grill – Some of the best chicken fried steak in town and a nice old style saloon atmosphere. This restaurant is a Phoenix legend having served good food for years. One night a week they serve catfish which is excellent. But most people go for the chicken fried steak.

Runners up: Subway daily special, Sacks, Kona Grill (Scottsdale), FatBurger, In-N-Out Burger, and Flo’s Asian Kitchen (Scottsdale).

Share your own in the comments.