Streets of New York – Italy in the Neighborhood 

Local Arizona franchise celebrates 45 years 

by Erica Shipione

There is something to say about a classic, and that’s just what the local and privately-owned pizzeria, Streets of New York, brings to the table with classic East Coast-style pizza and authentic Italian cuisine. Starting with the opening of the original Streets of New York location at 32nd Street and Cactus in north Phoenix in 1976, and now with locations across Arizona and in Las Vegas, this family-owned business has kept the feeling of comfort and familiarity for the past 45 years.

Where casual dining meets exceptional ingredients, the atmosphere at Streets of New York will have guests feeling like they’re part of the family, with the familiar faces of multi-generational employees and long-standing guests. With the intention to welcome families, Streets and its partnerships with local sports teams have made an imprint on the ambience of the restaurant as well. Televisions hang throughout the restaurant, making no seat a bad seat, while also creating an environment for fans of any sport to watch their favorite teams. 

Streets of New York, known for having a passion for quality ingredients that include handcrafted and never-frozen pizza dough, also has a passion for family recipes. Streets develops its own recipes, and Lorrie Glaeser, president and CEO, pride herself on being the Chief Food Taster for all new menu creations. 

At first glance of the menu, guests will find all the staple Italian dishes that include the iconic Lorrie’s Lasagna, but it’s the attention to detail that goes into the food that takes these staple dishes to the next level. Starting with using tomatoes grown in Naples, Italy, to non-GMO and antibiotic sausage specially prepared in Chicago, Streets of New York carefully chooses every ingredient that goes from its kitchen onto guests’ plates.

In addition to being a “Power Lunch” spot, Streets of New York packs a dynamite happy hour Monday through Friday with discounted appetizers, including garlic brushed-to-perfection Pizza Rolls with stuffing of choice of toppings. 

After one visit at Streets of New York, it will be no family secret to how this Arizona pizzeria with a New York-style flare has been a staple in the valley for 45 years and counting.  

Chopped Antipasto

Capicola ham, Genoa salami, pepperoni, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, mixed bell peppers, pepperoncinis, black olives, green olives, Swiss and mozzarella cheeses, tossed with Streets Italian dressing
$14.50

Lorrie’s Lasagna

Ricotta, Italian sausage, ground beef, marinara sauce, mozzarella and pecorino cheeses
$16

Pepperoni Pizza

Streets of New York has cultivated partnerships with local sports teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, and was named the Official Pizza of Arizona Sports.
Price varies with size


Streets – Connecting with Community for 45 Years

by Lorrie Glaeser

Instilling a sense of community and connection in my life has always been very important to me and has continued to follow me in my career in the restaurant industry. You can’t be in this industry and not love it. You can’t be doing something for 45 years and not be totally dedicated to the customers, to the employees, to all that you’re doing. It takes continuity, passion, love of hospitality and connecting with people to develop yourself to be that much better each year.

We are proud to have cultivated partnerships with local teams, including the Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Suns, and we take pride in being named the Official Pizza of Arizona Sports, bringing our local teams together with our team at Streets of New York. I’ve enjoyed growing with the company, with many of my family members working by my side and also working with employees who have been with the company for more than 30 years who truly feel like family. 

As a CEO and a chef in my company, I’m proud to be a woman and carry the lead. It’s never been a negative, it’s always been very much a positive. When I speak to people, they’re always taken aback, responding, “Oh, a woman owns this? A woman is at the head of it?” Yes, there is a woman at the head of it and she loves what she’s doing. I’m not giving it up for a long time. We’re growing, and I’m running around in my high heels tap dancing through my restaurants.

The Streets of New York family wants to thank our customers for their support as we celebrate 45 years.

Lorrie Glaeser is president and CEO of Streets of New York.

Photos courtesy of Streets of New York

 

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