In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Stuft Pizza will offer 40 percent off all pizzas on Monday, March 7 from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., including dine-in and take-out orders at its Palm Desert and La Quinta locations.
The first Stuft Pizza was opened by Pat and Jack Bertram in March 1976 in Cerritos, California. The couple went on to license and eventually franchise the pizzerias including one in Cathedral City in 1981. Throughout the years, more than 65 Stuft Pizza were located throughout California and Oregon.
In October 2004, the Bertrams, along with their two children John and Noelle, opened Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill in La Quinta and expanded the concept from over-the-counter pizza and small parlors to a full-service restaurant with more than 100 items on the menu and a full bar.
Having taken the lead for the restaurant, John continued to be creative with the cocktail offerings and grew the wine program. As a result, Stuft Pizza has been honored with Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence at both locations.
“We wanted to offer higher end wines yet at reasonable prices,” said John. “We have sophisticated customers who appreciate having a nice glass of wine whether they are ordering pizza or a steak.”
Ten years after opening Stuft Pizza La Quinta, the family decided once again to expand, and under John’s direction, they celebrated the opening of a second desert location at Westfield shopping center in Palm Desert.
Stuft Pizza Bar and Grill is one of the largest pizza companies in the area with the La Quinta location seating 125 indoor and over 100 outdoor, and Palm Desert seating 200 indoor and 60 outdoor. The Stuft Family employs more than 175 people at the two locations. Year after year, the La Quinta location continues to set sales records and Palm Desert in just a year and a half is quickly becoming a local’s favorite in the heart of the Coachella Valley.
“What brought people to Stuft Pizza 40 years ago is still what brings them through our doors today, delicious pizza, a family friendly atmosphere and great value,” said John. “We have a loyal customer base and we are grateful for them.”
Stuft Pizza is located at 78015 Main Street in Old Town La Quinta and 72840 Highway 111 at Westfield Palm Desert. For more information call (760) 777-9989, or visit www.stuftpizzabarandgrill.com