Classic Italian Pizza in Tempe Is Closed -- Temporarily, We Hope

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Courtesy of Classic Italian Pizza Facebook page
Chef-owner Azhar Began of Classic Italian Pizza in Tempe likes to say, "Life is too short to eat bad pizza." So true. And apparently, life is too short to make good pizza in a bad location.

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Would that he'd figured that out a long time ago, before struggling in a nearly moribund strip mall for years. But Began, whose wood-fired pizzas, made with housemade mozzarella, have earned him a slew of awards and a loyal following, has finally thrown in the towel -- at least for now.

The restaurant's number is out of service, and a post on Urbanspoon says:

"Sign on the door says this location will shut down on 1/31/2013 and is moving. I asked the waitress and she said they do not have a new place as of yet. She was unsure of when or where they would re-open, but stated it would be posted on their website."

But, alas, going to CIP's website yields this: "We're still open! Despite the ongoing construction, we're still open during our regular business hours."

But they are not open, and a handful of comments from disappointed disciples on CIP's Facebook page is the proof.

In any case, we're hoping the info on Urbanspoon is correct and that Began is looking for a better location. We're working to track him down and we'll keep you posted.

And if you've never been to Classic Italian, here's what you've been missing:


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Location Info

Classic Italian Pizza

6434 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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Beef
Beef

They didn't close because the location was bad (even though it is).  They closed because their lease was up and the owner wan't renewing leases with anyone (I think they were the last business left in that plaza).  Not sure what the plans are for that plaza now that it is empty, but hope they re-open and the move leads to bigger and brighter future for Classic Italian Pizza....

rmiller07
rmiller07

crap. Was planning on using my Groupon this week.

Barb Walters Harris
Barb Walters Harris

we were there the night before the closing. they reassured us they were looking at two spots nearby and would be opening in a few months. they suggested we stay posted via their facebook page.

Barb Walters Harris
Barb Walters Harris

we were there the night before the closing. they reassured us they were looking at two spots nearby and would be opening in a few months. they suggested we stay posted via their facebook page.

contact184
contact184

Sorry but it's not the location it's the pizza. It was pretty bad. How it is compared to Bianco or anything else is beyond me. Not good. I can't see ordering a bad pizza with Polish beer????

sajnewyork
sajnewyork

@contact184 Bad pizza? Let me guess, you think Papa John's is good. And they aren't Polish. Do your homework.

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