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New pizza shop opens in Union

Forge Wood-Fired Pizza, a product of Le Bon Temps Restaurants, will open on Oct. 7 in the Union shops at the Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Road.

Executive Chef Jeffrey Amber and his team will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week with a menu highlighted by hearty starters such as Crispy Cheese Curds and Long Cooked Ribs, as well as fresh salads and two-fisted sandwiches such as the Fried Chicken with citrus greens and Calabrian aioli.

The real stars are the signature wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas, including the Fat Boy Pizza with house made sausage, bacon, pickled peppers and cream, and the Three Cheese Pizza with mozzarella, seasoned ricotta, roasted garlic, and topped with arugula, lemon and Parmesan. The pizzas are cooked in a steel-clad Valoriani pizza oven set in an open industrial space.

Forge will pour local craft beers, select American and European wine varietals and craft cocktails using ingredients such as house-made ginger beer.

Chef Amber is joined in Le Bon Temps Restaurants by partners Andy Byrnes, a local architect, builder and founder of the Phoenix-based The Construction Zone; Michael Karp, owner of Barbacoa and Table 24; and Bob Burke of the Pat Kuleto Restaurant Group and Gordon Biersch Brewing Co.

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