One of my absolute favorite restaurants in the Camelback Corridor is Oregano’s Pizza Bistro. Not going to lie, it is my favorite for many reasons. Where to start? Well, one – it is, hands down, my favorite pizza! Two, it is owned by my favorite man AKA: my husband :). Three, well just read on…
Oregano’s is incredibly popular, with wait times sometimes reaching close to 2 ½ hours. Another reason I love it here? Oregano’s is the only place I know where you can have as much fun waiting as you do after you are seated. It’s true – you’ll find yourself making friends and enjoying pizza bites the Oregano’s staff share to tide you over while you wait.
An open kitchen allows you to see pizzas cooking in the vintage, two level pizza oven.
The atmosphere and staff make you feel at home from the moment you enter; wherever you are in Oregano’s you get a “hello” or “good bye” from everyone you pass (and a genuine smile!).
Owner Mark Russell has done what seems impossible – in each Orgeano’s he has created an atmosphere that is welcoming to everyone – from families to couples (they’ve even won the Best Restaurant in Phoenix for Date Night!). It’s truly all about the guest here. From the moment you park the car until you leave, having happy guests (whether they’re kids or adults) is the #1 priority.
You already know I love great food, so it should come as no surprise that I also love leftovers from my favorite restaurants. At Oregano’s the portion sizes are BIG and BIGGER, so you get enough food to take home and enjoy later.
Chicago, the owner’s hometown, is the inspiration for Oregano’s food and atmosphere. The antiques showcased in all the Oregano’s are a tribute to family and all are hand selected by the owner (for more about why each antique is treasured, click here). Mark owns all 13 Oregano locations throughout the Valley with additional restaurants slated to open in new Arizona locations in early 2014.
I could go on and on about my favorite restaurants, but I’ll save those for future blogs. If you haven’t had a chance to try out pizza from the places above, you’re welcome.