Founded in 2004 by two longtime friends, entrepreneur Bill Freeman and pizzaiolo Francisco “Patxi” Azpiroz, Patxi’s Pizza (pronounced “pah-cheese”) will be opening December 9th at 515 State Street, the former home of Territory Ahead.
Patxi’s is best known for its authentic signature deep dish pizza baked in a traditional slow rotating pan oven. It was named by Esquire magazine as one of the “Top 10 Life Changing Pizzas.” The restaurant also offers a light and crispy Italian-style thin pizza, featuring imported Italian Double Zero flour and baked to perfection in a 900-degree imported Italian oven. A thin gluten-free crust is available as well.
“The spark for creating Patxi’s started 10 years ago in my apartment kitchen, baking pizza in an old Wedgewood oven,” said Azpiroz. “We still make each pizza by hand and to order using the finest and freshest ingredients. We hope that Santa Barbara enjoys our pizzas as much as we enjoy making them!”
In addition to the pizzas, fresh salads and shareable appetizers round out the menu along with beverages that include a large selection of local craft beer and wine, including 20 beers on tap.
Patxi’s features all-natural meats and fresh produce, locally sourced and organic when possible including Zoe’s All-Natural pepperoni, chorizo and hot coppa, Fra’ Mani Salumi Nostrano and smoked pancetta, Creminelli prosciutto cotto, fresh herb roasted chicken breast and garlic-fennel sausage, fresh whole milk mozzarella, fontina, herbed ricotta, aged feta, Point Reyes blue, and Daiya vegan
Not to be overshadowed by a passion for pizza, Patxi’s Pizza also strives to be active in its communities. Through its 52 Weeks of Giving program, Patxi’s donates a portion of its profits to local nonprofit organizations dedicated to education and children’s health and welfare. To date, the company has donated more than $500,000 to partnering organizations.
Hours are Sunday -Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. – midnight. For more information call 564-4888 or visit patxispizza.com. Delivery is available by ordering online.