When it came to food truck culture, Scottersdale was the king.
It was the epicenter of the food truck revolution, and for good reason: It has the most restaurants per capita in the country.
But it also has the highest number of restaurants per million residents.
The Valley’s population of about 2.2 million is one of the highest in the U.S., and its restaurant scene is booming.
The top ten most-visited restaurants in Scotts Valley, according to Yelp, are all pizza places.
The only two that didn’t rank were one in Phoenix and one in Scottytown.
“I would argue that the top ten places that are the most visited in Scotting, in terms of pizza, are also the most pizza-centric restaurants,” says Mike Kallman, CEO of Phoenix-based restaurant and bar startup Zendo.
It’s not just pizza.
The two top spots on Yelp are The Biergarten in Scotte, Arizona, and The Pie Factory in Scotterton, Utah.
“There’s a very good pizza scene in Scotters Valley, and if you go to places that you wouldn’t go otherwise, you’ll see that there are pizzerias that are well-run,” Kallmann says.
“And that’s what we’ve done in Scottastic.”
What makes the pizza scene so different?
Most of the pizza joints in the Valley are operated by mom-and-pop restaurants that rely on a few thousand people, or less, to make the pizzas.
“A lot of times, it’s a small family-run pizza shop, which we do a lot of in Scottes Valley, but then we open a new location and it’s very different from the original one,” Kupelian says.
It takes a lot more time, too.
“We’re talking about six months to get to a new place, but it’s also four to six months for the staff to get their food order down, get the pizza in the oven, get everything prepared and then get the oven back up and running,” Koppelman says.
The pies are often made at an incredibly fast pace.
There’s a reason Pizza Hut, which has a fleet of locations in the valley, is a leader in this area.
“When we open, it takes us like a week to get the pizza to you, and we’re just like a little bit behind,” Kopelian explains.
It may seem like a long time to wait, but the pies are made with local ingredients and baked to order.
“Our pies are all handmade,” Kupperman says.
Pizza Hut does a lot to help support the Valley’s pizza scene.
“They’ve been doing a lot for the food-and of course, the pizza,” Kappelian adds.
But when it comes time to order, many diners may opt for the cheaper, slower-selling pizza that’s popular in Phoenix, Arizona.
Pizza is more expensive than some other types of food, and that’s because there are many different ways to get it.
The cost of a pizza can range from a couple hundred dollars for a standard pizza to as much as $3,000 for a pizza with extra toppings and a cheesecake.
“The thing that really surprised me is that it’s almost impossible to get a decent pizza,” says Kupelaian.
“You’re going to have a lot in the way of extras and toppings, and there’s no way to find one without it being a lot.
And the price can go up and up and down a lot.”
And that’s where the competition comes in.
Many people don’t want to pay more for pizza because they think it’s just too expensive, Kupeloian says, but they can’t help but notice the different flavors and textures on different pizza toppings.
“It’s not like you can buy a pizza that has a whole bunch of toppings that are just there to create some flavor,” Koffelian admits.
“Some people want to do it because it’s the cheapest, but I think that’s a mistake.
There are some really good pizzas out there, and they’re not cheap.”
That doesn’t mean the pizza is bad.
Kupels and Koppelians say it’s important to note that some pizza is good.
“If you want a really good pizza, you should be able to get one that’s made to order,” Kippelian advises.
“But there are things that you should definitely avoid.
If it’s made out of cardboard, it should be cooked on the stove top.
But there are a lot better pizzas on the way.” “
People are going to try and trick you into thinking that because the toppings are made out the way that they are, you’re going see better pizza than you actually are.
But there are a lot better pizzas on the way.”
But the main thing to remember