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Two guys with pizza
dream open Gennaro’s
by Joan Westlake and a dozen wings.”
Owning their own pizza place was always being Good value makes Gennaro’s
tossed about by local college buds Brett Anderson and attractive, but Anderson points
Ernie Holguin as they worked together in restaurants out that it is the freshness of
putting themselves through Arizona State University. the food that keeps Chandler
But alas, they graduated, pursued professional careers families coming back. Each
and raised families. day, they make fresh dough and
Then, Anderson says the opportunity came for their own special marinara and
them to open Gennaro’s on the southeast corner of pizza sauces. They use only 100
Arizona Avenue and Ocotillo. It is a family business percent whole milk mozzarella.
with his wife, Melissa, and Ernie’s wife, Sara, as part The dough is hand-stretched
of the team. and pies are cooked on stone
STSN photo
The pizza recipe is from Gennaro Lombardi, the deck ovens.
MAKING PIZZA: Long-time friends Ernie Holguin and Brett Anderson saw their college
“father of pizza” who created the fi rst cheese pies in The Italian pasta fare ranges dreams become a reality.
the early 1890s. The independent pizzeria serves the from spaghetti with the sauce
classic, thin crust New York pizzas by the pie and the of your choice ($7) to eggplant
“Our wings have become really popular,” says
slice, crusty Sicilian pies, traditional Italian cuisine, Parmigiana ($8) to penne with vodka sauce ($7). You
Anderson. “I think it is because you can taste that we
sandwiches and salads. can have a nice glass of wine or beer with your meal,
cook them from raw for each order, not precook them
“One of our popular, everyday specials is two slices also.
and have them waiting to be warmed and served.
and beverage for $5,” says Anderson. “Another great Kids’ meals including beverage are $3 to $4 for
Wing Wednesday features half-priced wings all day
value is the family meal. For $24 you get a large house a slice with a salad, or a choice of pasta or chicken
or Caesar salad; an X-large, 18-inch one-topping pizza; fi ngers with carrots, celery and ranch dressing. See Gennaro’s Page 40
Get big bang for buck
Young jazz players
at July 4 events
entertain at 98 South
Jazz jamboree at San Marcos
Brilliant, colorful explosions
illuminate the night sky,
College musicians with Kelland Thomas and
accompanied by thunderous booms
from local campuses are previously studied with
at East Valley Independence Day
taking the summer to Timothy McAllister.
demonstrate their skills 98 South is located at
celebrations, beginning with the
at 98 South Wine Bar and 98 S. San Marcos Place
Chandler 4th of July 7UP Fireworks
Kitchen, located west of in Chandler. To fi nd out
Spectacular, which boasts the area’s
Arizona Avenue on San more, visit www.98south.
largest fi reworks display.
Marcos Place. For the rest net or call 480-814-9800.
The fun starts at 4 p.m. Sat., July
of the month, students
4 at Tumbleweed Park, offering
from Arizona State More jazz
families live music, a kids’ carnival,
University and University In other jazz-related
a bike parade and food and beverage of Arizona perform news, the Arizona Classic
vendors. Activities include a 35-foot from 6 to 9 p.m. every Jazz Society hosts a jazz
water slide, rock-climbing wall, dunk
Wednesday. jamboree at 1 p.m. Sun.,
tank, water games and more.
“This is a phenomenal Submitted photo July 26 at Crowne Plaza
The Cactus Bike Push, Pull, Peddle
opportunity during the INTO MUSIC: Kaitlyn Meiss San Marcos Golf Resort.
Bike Parade is at 6 p.m., with each
summer for students to
playing the alto saxophone
Arizona jazz musicians
registrant receiving a free gift and the
hone their performance
during the fi rst college jazz
play traditional, Dixieland
Submitted photo
night at 98 South.
participant with the best decorated
skills and gain experience or classic jazz while guests
WHEELS: The owner of the best decorated bicycle
in the Cactus Bike Push, Pull, Peddle Bike Parade
as leaders,” says Bart Salzman, founder enjoy food, drinks and dancing to
bike winning a Harro children’s bike.
wins a Harro children’s bicycle. of the Chandler Jazz Festival. “They original American melodies.
Participants can register for the free
attend classes and practice all year, yet A variety of musicians rotate in and
parade at the park from 5 to 5:30
have few opportunities to share their out of the performing group in a “jam”
p.m. on July 4. For bike parade details, contact the Cactus Bike Ocotillo location at
skills with the public.” style throughout the night.
480-782-5483 or the Ahwatukee location at 480-940-7433.
The wine bar recently reopened Although a free event, donations are
A live music performance by Plastic Gladys begins at 6:30 p.m., and Panhead
with new owners and now features live accepted and food and drink must be
Ronnie plays at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks commence at 9:30 p.m.
music fi ve nights a week. purchased. Musician sign-ups start at
The Fireworks Spectacular is presented annually by the Chandler Lions Club, This month, a college jazz noon.
the City of Chandler and other sponsors. performance quartet is led by Kaitlyn Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Tumbleweed Park is on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. Meiss, who plays the alto saxophone is located at 1 N. San Marcos Pl. in
Although admission is free, onsite parking is $5 per vehicle. For more event
and sings. Meiss is a native of Scottsdale historic downtown Chandler. For more
information, visit or call 480-782-2735.
and an Arizona Community Foundation information, call 480-620-3941 or visit
Arts Scholar at the University of
See July 4 Page 40
Arizona, where she is currently studying
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