A Taste of Greece: AZ Greek Festival in Chandler, AZ

Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church holds a Greek festival every year called A Taste of Greece. Each year, they close off their parking lot and set up tents and chairs. The event is a mix of dancing, music, and great food. There are multiple food options from several vendors. The host also has a huge buffet option that we really enjoyed. You just can’t go wrong with lamb and hummus.


The music and dancing were fun to watch! The dancing seemed to mostly be kids, and they were cute and quite good at the routines.


If you are interested in going to the festival, you can get more information online.


2716 N Dobson Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85224

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 firedpie.com for locations and directions.

(deer valley towne center)

(raintree ranch)

(scottsdale rd & greenway-hayden loop)

(park central)

(northsight & raintree)