When Bill Jachimek’s friend suggested he try Rosati’s pizza 20 years ago, he was skeptical.
“I always thought, ‘Well, it’s not going to be any good’ because most of things they call Chicago pizza aren’t Chicago pizzas,” Jachimek says. “It was very good.”
Jachimek is now part of the Rosati’s family as the franchise owner of Rosati’s Old Town Pizza & Sports Pub.
The company, founded in 1964 as pizzerias, has since added full sports pubs to its roster. Old Town Rosati’s is one of those.
The 6,000-square-foot restaurant can seat up to 300 guests and features two patios, as well as a bar that hosts 80 patrons. Full pizzas start at $10.99, but slices can be purchased, too.
“We’re probably one of the larger ones in the country,” Jachimek says. “I think we’re one of the largest and probably the nicest one.”
Rosati’s Old Town Pizza & Sports Pub boasts 60 large television sets and a four-piece full-wall television. The sports pub hosts a variety of activities throughout the week: trivia at 7 p.m. Wednesdays; live local entertainment at 9 p.m. Fridays; and karaoke at 9 p.m. Saturdays. The public is invited to participate in any of those activities. Jachimek is quick to say the events are never the focus of the Rosati’s experience.
“We’re mainly a sports bar, so we never want any of our other entertainment to interfere with sports because that’s why people come here,” he says.
Also gracing the interior is Rosati’s Old Town’s extensive—and impressive—Chicago memorabilia collection that takes Illinois guests back to where it all started.
“We have Chicago photographs,” he says. “We probably have close to 150. We have signed team jerseys from all the Chicago sports teams. We have football helmets, footballs, basketballs—all signed—and we have a lot of other memorabilia. We have Chicago fireman hats; Chicago policeman hats; Chicago street signs. If you’re from Chicago, you’ll feel like you’re at home.”
Rosati’s Old Town Pizza & Sports Pub, 7570 E. Sixth Avenue, Scottsdale, 480.999.5400. It offers an online rewards program, as well as beer and wine delivery. For a full menu, visit myrosatis.com.
Photo by Tim Sealy