Barro’s Pizza is lauded for its fluffy crust and sweet and savory pizza sauce.

Courtesy Barro’s via Facebook

Three months after announcing plans to enter Southern Arizona, the Phoenix-based pizza chain Barro’s Pizza opened its first Tucson area outpost Monday, Aug. 21.

The 5,000-square foot restaurant at 5884 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive, off Intestate 10 and Cortaro Road, is Barro’s first location south of Casa Grande. The nearly 40-year-old chain has 38 locations, most of them in the greater Phoenix area.

Barro’s menu is classic pizzeria: pizza, pastas, salads, subs and chicken wings. But Tucson residents who have experienced the pizza in Phoenix are quick to point out the chain’s thick, fluffy pizza crust and savory and sweet pizza sauce, attributes backed up in Yelp reviews, including from Jason T. of Seattle, who gushed: “Quite possibly the best regular old fashioned American style pizza place anywhere. … This is what happens when a classic pizza place sticks to the basics and doesn’t change because it’s fashionable. This place has been around since the 80s and I’m happy to say still going strong.”

Barro’s, taking the place of a former mattress store in the bustling Cortaro Road/I-10 corridor near Walmart, has dine in and takeout. The dining room includes several flat-screen TVs and a play area for kids.

It’s open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Lunch specials including pizza by the slice at $2 a slice are offered from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays.

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com or 573-4642. On Twitter @Starburch

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