Amarillo and the Life of Pie
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by Karen Welch — Senior Content Producer

Image - Pizza.jpgPizza appears to be piping hot in Amarillo at the moment.

Pizza 9, a Chicago-style pizza joint opened weeks before 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza turned up the heat in the market.

But there’s room for more than one style of pie, just like there’s room for more than one type of enchilada.

And Pizza 9 makes some mighty tasty pies. Besides, I’m a sucker for the cheesy depth of Chicago-style.

The franchise occupies the end-cap space in the Coronado Shopping Center at Southwest 34th Avenue and Georgia Street.

On a recent visit, we tried two individual-sized pies – 7 inches in diameter and more than enough.

Pizza 9 hails from New Mexico. The Albuquerque-based chain has 18 stores there. So we ordered the Lobo. We made the other pizza the Veggie Delight.

Both specialty pizzas came out covered with their ingredients. The Lobo boasted a mix of a pepperoni, sausage and green chile, and the veggie offered a generous amount of mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, black olives and tomatoes.

The lunchtime special meant that both pies were relatively inexpensive, making the bill under $20.

You don’t have to go deep-dish at Pizza 9. The menu provides for thin crust orders, as well as gluten-free pizza and stuffed-crust options.

The kitchen makes salads, soups, calzones, a couple of pasta dishes, hot sandwiches and desserts. Families and groups ordering out also might want to check the menu for the party packs section.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Find out more at


* Karen Welch is senior content producer for Panhandle PBS. She can be reached at on Twitter or