By Octavio Serrano
For Scott Kilpatrick, opening a Sauce Pizza & Wine in Tempe was an obvious move. But it wasn’t until recently that Sauce made its mark on Downtown.
“We’re just a great option for college students in terms of the variety of products we offer, which is made fresh here every day,” says Kilpatrick, the company’s chief executive officer. “So, for the value that we have in terms of pricing and quality.”
Sauce opened its newest location, 705 S. Myrtle Avenue, at East Seventh Street, in October. The 2,960-square-foot space is in The Union Tempe.
“We just think it’s a very accessible piece of real estate for students, residents, tourists and people visiting,” Kilpatrick says. “It’s close enough to all the employment that’s been built around the area.”
Sauce prepares everything from scratch, Kilpatrick says, which helps with the quality and consistency of the dishes.
“Everything is made fresh in house,” Kilpatrick says. “So, we have staff in the restaurant at 7:30 a.m. who are coming in to freshly prep all the sauces, the dressings, and we bake our own cookies.”
For those who want a classic pizza, The Pig ($13.75) comes with applewood smoked bacon, Italian sausage, pepperoni, smoked ham and sopressata. Guests can try the best of two Italian dishes—lasagna and pizza—with the lasagna pie ($12.75) with spinach, mushrooms, ricotta, meatballs and fresh garlic.
Paninis are varied. The Italian ($10) comes with ham, turkey, sopressata, mozzarella, lettuce, yellow roasted tomatoes and roasted garlic vinaigrette. Customers can always get a classic meatballs and mozzarella ($10) with housemade red sauce.
The pastas are also an important part of the menu. The baked beef lasagna ($9.50) is made fresh daily but is in limited quantities.
“Our tagline is ‘pizza and wine,’ but the reality is we actually sell more salads than we do pizza,” Kilpatrick says. “We offer paninis and bruschetta, and we do a ton of our mac and cheese, and we make our own meatballs in house that are amazing. What makes us unique is the diversity of the menu.”
Sauce is just as creative with its décor. Skateboard decks with illustrations and phrases that reference the menu and the new location hang on the walls.
“We have a local artist who actually works for Sauce—her name is Sage Aune—and she’s done some artwork that is unique to the space,” Kilpatrick says. “We have several skateboard decks on the wall that she designed and that we had printed on, so it’s kind of cool.”
Sauce has been incorporating draft beer at its locations, and Tempe will feature four local offerings: SanTan Brewing, Uncle Bear’s, O.H.S.O. Brewery and Papago Brewing Co.
“We think it’s a great location for the brand for what we offer, in terms of the fresh quality, fast-casual environment, and a great value that students and faculty can love,” Kilpatrick says.
“With everything that is going Downtown, with the amount of developments, cranes in the air and the high-rise buildings, we’re excited to just be a part of that community.”
Sauce Pizza & Wine, 705 S. Myrtle Avenue, Suite 101, Tempe, 480.597.4260, saucepizzaandwine.com.