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Battle for the Dough

National Pizza Month is here once again, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with an ultimate pizza showdown!  A few of your favorite local celebrities have created their dream pie and it’s up to you to vote and tell us which one you think is best!

The contestant’s creation that receives the most votes will be our featured pizza of the month from 11/1-11/22. As if that weren’t tasty enough, we will be donating proceeds from each pizza sold to the charity of their choice. Help our contestants battle it out for the dough and vote for your pick below!

Phoenix and Tucson have 2 separate pools – feel free to vote in both!  Here’s a recap of our contestants and their pizzas.

Phoenix Contestants

Lady La, Radio DJ 104.7 KISS FM and Mix 96.9
Pizza Name: La Pizza
Ingredients: Red sauce, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, roasted garlic, fried jalapeño and purple potato chips, topped with a swirl of ranch on hand stretched dough
Charity of choice: The Purple Society

Diana Brandt, @AZFoodie
Pizza Name: Pizza is Bae
Ingredients: Olive oil, mozzarella and fontina cheese blend, fresh garlic, ricotta, bacon, prosciutto and caramelized onions on hand stretched dough
Charity of choice: Unidos Por Puerto Rico

Sarah and Matthew Stubbs, @Geekswhoeat
Pizza Name: The Phoenix
Ingredients: Buffalo sauce, goat cheese, ricotta, spicy chicken sausage, red onions and cilantro on hand stretched dough
Charity of choice: Comicare

Competing on behalf of PHOENIX magazine, Leah LeMoine, Managing Editor
Pizza Name: Fall-ing Into Meatballs
Ingredients: Olive oil, mozzarella and fontina cheese blend, ricotta, fresh garlic, butternut squash, poblano peppers and meatballs, topped with pepitas and basil on hand stretched dough
Charity of choice: Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation

Javier Soto, 3TV Reporter
Pizza Name: Javn-Fun
Ingredients: Olive oil, pesto sauce, mozzarella and fontina cheese blend, fresh garlic and shredded chicken on hand stretched dough
Charity of choice: Children’s First Academy

Vote for your favorite Phoenix contestant here


Tucson Contestants

Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of Tucson
Pizza Name: The Rothschild
Ingredients: Spicy mustard BBQ sauce, smoked mozzarella, chicken, hatch green chilies and cilantro on a thin crust
Charity of choice: Tucson Values Teachers

Competing on behalf of Tasting Tucson, Alfredo and Aaron Gonzales, Founders
Pizza Name: Vizietto
Ingredients: Tomato cream sauce, oregano, mozzarella and fontina cheese blend, smoked mozzarella, chopped fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, crimini mushrooms, chopped jalapeños, bacon and Parmesan cheese, topped with an olive oil drizzle on hand stretched dough
Charity of choice: Unicef

Lydia Camarillo, Tucson News Now
Pizza Name: Tour of Italia
Ingredients: Red sauce, smoked mozzarella, pepperoni, prosciutto and Italian sausage, topped with fresh basil on hand stretched dough
Charity of choice: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Cyndi and Chris in The Morning, MY 929
Pizza Name: My Big Fat Greek PIZZA
Ingredients: Olive oil, mozzarella and fontina cheese blend, fresh garlic, feta cheese, seasoned ground beef, marinated tomato, red onion, kalamata olives and oregano, topped with a tzatziki drizzle on hand stretched dough
Charity of choice: Global Giving for Hurricane Relief

Vote for your favorite Tucson contestant here


*The contestant with the most entries in each market will be the winner. Voting for Phoenix market ends 10/18/17. Voting for Tucson market ends 10/23/17. For a complete list of contest rules and eligibility, click here.

Build Your Own Pizza Contest!

National Pizza Month is here once again, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by putting the dough in your hands.  It’s your turn to tell us what your pizza creation is for the chance to be featured on our menu.

It’s pretty simple, really.

Just dream up your ideal pizza, imagine what toppings you’d choose, and ENTER TO WIN HERE.

Listen up, because here’s what’s in it for you.  Other than the bragging rights of having your pizza featured for the entire month of November at Sauce, you will also receive a $200 Sauce Gift Card.  On top of that, we will be donating $1 of each pizza sold to the charity of your choice—what could be better?

Contest Details:
You can enter your pizza via Facebook or in-store from October 1st – 16th.

Be sure to include:

  • The name of your pizza
  • The crust type
  • Type of sauce (if any)
  • The ingredients
  • Your email address

Our executive chef and team will choose a winning pizza to be featured on the Sauce chalkboard beginning November 1st.

*Winner will be chosen by our Culinary Team based on taste, flavor, cost and creativity. Entries must be received online or in-store by midnight PDT October 16th. Contest available at the Albuquerque location only. The winner will be notified via email or Facebook message. Employees of Sauce Pizza and Wine are not eligible. For a complete list of contest rules and eligibility, click here.

Sauce Every Bite Counts

In honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we have partnered up with local hospitals to spread the word about the outstanding quality care and education they provide.  Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Diamond Children’s Medical Center in Tucson and UNM Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque.

We’re completely blown away with the work these hospitals have done for children and families in their communities, so from September 11th-17th, we are donating 100% of the proceeds from all Kids Meals to these hospitals.  Not buying a kid’s meal?  There will also be a chance for you to contribute by adding a donation to your bill.

Giving back has always been close to our hearts and we are extremely grateful for the chance to help raise money that will directly impact the lives of patients and their families.  With the help of our community we can continue to serve great food while also enhancing the well-being and growth of kids by supporting these organizations.  Join us as we participate in National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month to help bring attention and support to children in need.

To learn more about your local children’s hospital and additional ways to donate, visit:

Sauce Albuquerque Gets Cheesy for Back-to-School

Yes, it’s that time of year…it’s Back–School! But turn that frown, upside down. Back-to-School is no fun, but we’re making it a little better for you.

How does free Mac ‘N’ Cheese sound? If you’re psyched, keep reading!

Mention this ‘Back-to-School’ offer on August 14th and 21st to receive a free side of Mac ‘N’ Cheese with the purchase of any entrée ($8 and over). Offer only valid at the Winrock location*. This is because we love you and we want to say it in the cheesiest way possible.

So don’t get too down about hitting the classrooms again this August. Sauce Pizza and Wine has your back this season with a free bowl of everyone’s favorite meal—no matter what age you are!
We’re bringing you a Back-to-School offer that can’t be missed!

* Valid only on 8/14/17 and 8/21/17 during regular business hours at the Winrock location only. Limit one per guest per visit. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. No cash value. Must mention the ‘Back-to-School’ offer in order to redeem. Offer valid for dine-in or take-out (excludes online third party delivery)

Coming Soon to Albuquerque!

Hey Albuquerque, are you a pizza and Italian food fan? We are too! We’re Sauce Pizza & Wine and we’re bringing you our version of the fast-casual experience with high-quality food and service. We were founded in 2003 and reinvented Italian dining in our native Arizona. We cater to people of all ages with artisanal, farm-fresh ingredients and the convenience and accessibility of a neighborhood restaurant.

And now, Sauce Pizza & Wine is heading for ABQ!

We’d love to introduce you to our style of gourmet pizza and delicious menu items that are made fresh daily. All of us at Sauce believe in one simple thing: delicious food at a reasonable price—we’re ready to bring this value to The City of Enchantment this summer.

Being neighborly is important to us. Whether it’s one of our salads made with farm-fresh ingredients, a panini served on freshly baked focaccia from Fano Bread, our house-made soups, or one of our gourmet pizzas with Hatch green chile, the utmost care is put into crafting the perfect made-from-scratch meal that anyone in the neighborhood can enjoy.

With 12 locations in Arizona, our new home is slated to open mid-July in the Winrock Center in Albuquerque, NM.

Hungry yet, Burqueños?  Stop by and let’s break bread together—and by bread we mean pizza—we can’t wait to meet you all in ABQ!

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Sauce Summer Sampler

It’s our favorite season and to celebrate we’re giving you a deal all summer long! From June 1st until August 31st you can try our #SummerSampler at all Arizona locations. You’ll get your choice of 1 pizza, 1 salad, and 2 glasses of wine for just $22*. Fam, what are you waiting for?

PSA: Our Watermelon & Arugula Salad is back! Packed full with fresh seedless watermelon, spinach, arugula, jicama, roasted pumpkin seeds, feta cheese, and dressed with white balsamic vinaigrette. Add this salad to your Summer Sampler for a refreshing summer treat – you won’t regret it!

Also, keep an eye out on our Instagram, because we will be giving away FREE Sauce Summer Samplers all summer long!

*Disclaimer: One salad ($9 or less), one pizza ($11 or less) and two glasses of wine ($7 or less) for $22. Can also sub for any entrée ($9 or less) or any other beverage ($7 or less). Valid 6/1-8/31/17 at all Arizona locations (excluding Sky Harbor airport), dine-in only. Cannot be combined with any other offers or discounts. Limit one per guest per visit. No cash value.


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Teacher Appreciation Week – 15% off!

Hey Teachers, we are giving YOU extra credit this week! Join us at any location (excluding Sky Harbor Airport) for 15% off* your meal at Sauce from May 1st thru May 5th. We appreciate everything you do and you deserve a treat, which includes all school staff and faculty with valid id! Stop by for a pizza, salad or even a pizza cookie to celebrate all of your hard work! Be sure to bring your proof of employment of volunteer identification to receive the offer.

*Must show proof of employment of volunteer identification upon receiving discount. Valid 5/1-5/5/17 at all locations (excluding Sky Harbor Airport). Dine-in only. Not valid with any other discounts or offers. Limit one offer per guest per visit. No cash value.

Valentine’s Weekend at Sauce!

Sauce Valentine's Day 2017

Whether you are a sweetheart or have a sweetheart, you deserve to treat yourself on Valentine’s Weekend. We’re offering you (accompanied or alone) a pizza, a salad and 2 glasses of wine for only $22. With all the savings, you’ll be able to splurge for that Nutella Trifle.

Our $22 Sweetheart Deal will only be available Friday, February 10th thru Tuesday, February 14th.  So stop by to indulge with your sweetheart or enjoy a glass of wine for a night out with friends!

We wish you a delicious Valentine’s Day!

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*One salad ($9 or less), one pizza ($11 or less), and two glasses of wine ($6 or less) for $22. Can substitute the salad for any entrée ($9 or less) or the wine for any other beverage ($6 or less).


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‘Tis the Season for Gift Cards

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It’s our favorite time of year, you know the drill.  When you buy $25 in gift cards, we’re giving you a $5 bonus card – that’s an entire kid’s meal…or an extra beer!

Bring on the cheer and get your gift cards here (or in store).

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Guests MAY NOT exchange their $25 Costco cards (or any other Sauce gift cards) for $100 Sauce Gift Cards. Your Sauce Pizza and Wine gift card may be used for the purchase of food, beverage or merchandise at any participating Sauce Pizza and Wine location. It cannot be redeemed for cash unless required by law. May not be used to purchase additional Sauce Pizza and Wine gift cards. Sauce Pizza and Wine is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged cards or for the unauthorized use of this card. Not redeemable at Fox Restaurant Concepts or Sky Harbor Airport.

BYOP Winner, Winner, Chicken Piccata Dinner


Thanks for your ingenuity and creativity, we received over 350 entries and have selected a winner.

Introducing our newest menu item from our #SauceBYOP contest:

Chicken Piccata  |  chicken, mozzarella, artichoke hearts, capers, roasted red peppers and arugula dressed with EVOO, lemon juice and feta

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You can enjoy this guest-created masterPIEce from now until November 23rd, and feel good about it – $1 from every Chicken Piccata sold will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to keep families close through a network of local Chapters.

So what are you waiting for, order away!

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