‘The pandemic killed us’: 2 pizzerias shutter as owner focuses on Glendale restaurant – AZCentral

It’s a bittersweet goodbye for pizza shop owner Justin Piazza. The restaurateur is closing his two pizzerias in downtown Phoenix and Avondale to focus solely on one Italian restaurant, La Piazza Al Forno in Glendale.

Piazza made the announcement in a video posted on his restaurants’ Instagram accounts, and confirmed the news on Friday with The Arizona Republic. He emphasized that menu items from both shuttered restaurants, including the Roman-style pizza in Avondale, will be offered at the Glendale location.

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The downtown Phoenix restaurant, La Piazza PHX, has been closed since March when Gov. Doug Ducey first ordered restaurants and bars to shut down. The two months before it closed were the best two months of business at the 6-year-old restaurant, Piazza said.

But with no conventions, concerts and events to bring people in, it was tough to reopen, even for takeout, he said.

“Phoenix, if we were to be honest, it’s a tough space,” Piazza said. “It’s either feast or famine. The pandemic killed us.”

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In Avondale, La Piazza Romana typically relied on foot traffic courtesy of the nearby Harkins movie theater and sold Roman-style pizza by the slice.