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Valley pizzerias gearing up for big Super Bowl weekend

A sign at a Papa Murphy's location lets customers they will be opening early on Super Bowl Sunday. (Jim Cross/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- Super Bowl weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for pizza shops across the Valley.

Papa Murphy's Pizza stores in Arizona will pump out about 6,000 pizzas on Sunday alone.

"It's not as tough as you would think. Getting ready for it is really tough," said George Gagliardi, who owns the Papa Murphy's location at 64th Street and Greenway.

Gagliardi will be working 12 to 14 hour days Friday and Saturday to ensure his store is ready for Sunday.

"I'm bringing in extra staff," he said. "I will have at least five extra people on the job Sunday."

Gagliardi said Papa Murphy's will use about 180,000 slices of pepperoni this Sunday and more than 10,000 pounds of cheese and dough, more than the combined weights of the Baltimore and San Francisco offensive units.

He looks forward to the challenge.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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