Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa is 44 years old and a Valley icon. Maybe like my friend you grew up going there on a weekly basis or you starred in one of their commercials like her sister 🙂 Unlike other kid-centric pizza joints, Organ Stop Pizza is fun for all ages. They have an arcade area and the nation’s largest Wurlitzer pipe organ, built for the Denver Theatre and installed in 1927. “It’s a piece of American history,” Barz said. They’ll play all sorts of child friendly tunes on that thing from Frozen to Star Wars. Kids can get up and dance around and parents can enjoy a beer and some pizza.The restaurant is jam-packed from fall through spring with winter visitors, so summer is prime time for local families to enjoy this rare treat: Though pizza-and-pipes restaurants were popular from the 1970s through the 1980s nationwide, Organ Stop Pizza is one of only two such concepts left in the United States. The instrument itself is so complex there are only about a dozen organists in the country who can play it, Barz noted. It has nearly 6,000 pipes and more than 1,000 buttons, knobs and switches. Two award-winning house musicians are at the helm, with a relief organist who flies in from Portland, Ore., when one needs time off. The organ undergoes six to eight hours of maintenance every Monday to keep it in tip-top shape.Though known as primarily a pizza parlor, Organ Stop Pizza also serves up piping hot pastas, sandwiches, and all-American appetizers, and features a salad bar. Soda, beer and wine are available to wash it all down.Only cash and checks are accepted; an ATM is located in the lobby. Group reservations are taken for parties of 20 or more, and Organ Stop Pizza is available during daytime hours for private parties of at least 100 and semi-private parties of 50 or more, depending on availability.
1149 E Southern Ave