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By Steffanie Jensen
Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen was one of the first restaurants in Arizona to promote a gluten-free menu—not an easy task for an Italian restaurant. In October, the locally owned chain with restaurants in Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Flagstaff and Sedona added its fifth Arizona location in Tempe.
Picazzo’s owner Rick Freedman was a resident of Sedona when he opened his first restaurant in 2002. “I started Picazzo’s in Sedona by accident,” Freedman begins. “I have a passion for cooking and excellence of product [and wanted to] keep it simple.” Eight years later, Freedman felt it was time for a change—he wanted to “provide healthier dining choices.” Mission accomplished. Today, Picazzo’s is organic, natural, and offers gluten-free options, but Freedman didn’t stop there. “I wanted to make sure that every additive, preservative…everything is out,” he says, and in order to accomplish this “you have to constantly reinvent yourself,” says Freedman, who had to rewrite many recipes and find organic vendors.
3 Tbsp. olive oil (2 Tbsp. for pizza, 1 Tbsp. for onions)
2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1/4 cup caramelized sliced yellow onions
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 cup chopped Turkish figs
1 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup shredded gorgonzola
1 cup fresh arugula
2 Tbsp. fig balsamic vinaigrette
1 6-ounce organic pizza dough
“Always walk through life as if
you have something new to learn
and you will.”
~ Vernon Howard
by Cheryl Hurd
On your mark, get set, learn! Oh, wait a minute. Learning is not a sprint, or a race to the finish. Learning is a lifelong endeavor. With school back in session, we are reminded that the educational journey continues. From kindergarten to college, students are readying their brains to be fattened with knowledge. They are filled with hopes and dreams, and anticipation of what the future might hold. It’s an exciting time in classrooms and on campuses, and we are sharing some of that excitement in the following pages.
Green Living is filled with stories about education, innovation and inspiration. Children from an impoverished village in South America will travel to Phoenix this month to perform a classical concert – their instruments crafted from trash plucked from the landfill on which they live.