Prince Harry polishes off a pizza at Arizona restaurant

Prince Harry arrives at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif., on Oct. 6, 2011, to conduct the final phase of his Army Apache conversion to role course. Exercise Crimson Eagle will take just under two months and is split between Naval Air Facility El Centr, California and Gila Bend Auxiliary Air Force Base, Arizona. The exercise provides environmental and judgmental training along with live firing qualifications. Prince Harry Arrives at Naval Air Facility El Centro in California, America Prince Harry has arrived in the United States to undertake the final training exercise of his Apache Helicopter Conversion to Role Course. Captain Wales (Rex Features via AP Images)
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Prince Harry arrives at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro, Calif., on Oct. 6, 2011.
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(CBS/AP) GILA BEND, Ariz. - The western Arizona town of Gila Bend got a visit from royalty when Prince Harry took a break from his military training to take in some dinner.

The prince, 27, dined with about 30 military companions at the Little Italia Restaurant on Friday.

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The royal visit came as a big surprise to the staff and restaurant owner Antonino Buccellato. He told the Arizona Republic that Harry ate a a "meat lovers pizza," with pepperoni, bacon and sausage.

Locals have been wondering if they would get a chance to see the third in line to the British throne, who arrived in the U.S. last month to take part in an Apache helicopter training course that began in California and will end in Arizona.

Buccellato says patrons recognized the prince and began whispering and talking to one another, but nobody got up and asked to speak to him.

Prince Harry is in Arizona for Apache helicopter training at the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field.