California-based Pieology Pizzeria opens its first Tucson outpost today near the University of Arizona at 914 E. Speedway.

It’s the chain’s first Arizona location and the first of what the company says will be at least five Tucson locations. Based near Los Angeles in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, Pieology has more than 35 locations in California and eight other states.

Under the fast-casual format, patrons line up and order what they want and servers load it up assembly-line style. An 11-inch pie costs $7.95 with unlimited toppings.

The first five people in the door today — it opens at 11 a.m. — will get free pizza for a month. The next 250 people get a voucher for a free pie on their next visit.

The restaurant also will donate a $1 from every purchase to Tu Nidito Children and Family Services today through Friday.

Also today, you can enter to win a free iPad by posting an opening-day photo to your Twitter or Facebook with #PieologyTucson.

Pieology, near North Park Avenue, will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. It joins a handful of other fast-casual pizzerias to open in Tucson since the summer including Tucson’s own Pionic Pizza, at 2643 N. Campbell Ave.

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