East Grant Road between Wilmot and Tanque Verde Road is becoming a mini restaurant row. ZinBurger (Fox Restaurant Concepts) has grown roots and just to the east is the new Sauce Pizza & Wine (a former Fox Restaurant Concepts) and next to it will be Prep & Pastry.
With this added address 6450 E. Grant Road, Sauce now has four locations in Tucson. Sauce first opened in 2003 and has become a staple in the local dining scene. One of the first of its kind, Sauce became a leader in the trend of fast-casual restaurants catering to the greater movement of diners who want more options for quality food but prepared and served quickly.
Sauce has been a staple for Circle of Food. Let’s say I invite people over for lunch or dinner and then get busy or overwhelmed (or lazy) and rather than cancel, I will go to Sauce (the Broadway location) and pick up a salad or two and pizza. So, it’s not homemade but the offerings are appreciated.
At the newest Sauce I sampled the refreshing watermelon salad, a seasonal item perfect for our scorching summer. Light and somewhat sweet, the watermelon salad makes an apt starter or light meal. Not really a frequent pasta eater, the chicken and broccoli pasta with cheese sauce was a hit although I wish there was more broccoli so I could count it as a vegetable.
Always the most favorite part of the meal is the pizza with its thin crust and crunch. We tried the lasagna pie which has ample dollops of fluffy ricotta cheese, red sauce and so little spinach, it won’t upset the spinach naysayers. The only thing missing are the noodles.
Like most newly constructed restaurants, Sauce shines. At 3,200 square feet, the restaurant features authentic, locally-made sunbaked adobe throughout paired with industrial chic (yes, an exposed ceiling) and large sliding windows that give the space an indoor-outdoor feel much like ZinBurger.
Sauce has the best summer special – choice of salad, choice of pizza and 2 glasses of wine for $20. The perfect antidote to one hundred plus degrees.
Sauce Pizza & Wine is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 AM – 9 PM and Friday and Saturday to 10 PM For more information, call 520.203.0681 .