There’s a new entry on the menu at Ari Shapiro’s months-old pizza restaurant Falora Pizza & Espresso.
The Bené Bell pizza features artichoke hearts, sugar snap peas and green bell peppers and sells for $15. Proceeds benefit Ben’s Bells, the Tucson organization whose mission is to spread and encourage kindness.
Shapiro, founder of the Tucson Xoom juice smoothies chain and its spinoff businesses — Sparkroot coffee shop downtown and Falora at 3000 E. Broadway in Broadway Village — is collaborating with Ben’s Bells founder Jeanette Maré-Packard on the pie. Maré-Packard’s late son Ben was the inspiration behind her and her husband Dean launching Ben’s Bells 10 years ago.
Shapiro started selling the pizzas two weeks ago and has sold about 25 so far, he said.
See the full story and more restaurant news in Thursday's Caliente.