These Pizza Spots Are Absolutely Killin’ It in Phoenix Right Now
Everyone knows there’s no other meal quite like pizza -- it’s universally loved, shareable, and infinitely customizable. Whether you prefer a Chicago deep dish or a traditional thin crust, Phoenix’s pizza selection is unmatched. Don’t believe us? Phoenix is home to James Beard award-winning pizza aficionado Chris Bianco, a drive-thru pizza restaurant, and even its own pizza festival. Yeah, we’re a pizza town.
Not sure where to start now that we’ve teased all these great options? We’ve got you covered with this list of the top spots around the Valley.
Central Phoenix (& Other Locations)
The deep dish maestros make it to Phoenix, finally
Chicago-style pizza lovers are rejoicing because the deep dish phenomenon has made its way west to Phoenix. It’s been an undeniable hit too -- with three locations opening in just a few short years. You can’t go wrong with the Malnati classic -- which has sausage, extra cheese, and lots (and we mean LOTS) of sauce.
Where a very odd pairing -- rotisserie chicken and pizza -- somehow soars
Doughbird is a completely new kind of pizza place brought to Phoenicians by well-known restaurateur Sam Fox. This new concept couples inventive pizza recipes with rotisserie chicken -- an unexpected yet delicious combination. Our favorite is The Aviator, topped with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, tomato, and plenty of mozzarella.
Neapolitan slices served on charming patios when the weather permits
Having been in the neighborhood for over a decade, Cibo is an undeniable downtown Phoenix favorite, with every kind of gourmet Neapolitan pizza you could ever want. It's housed in a charming 1900s bungalow in the heart of the city, and serves one of the best Pomodoro Fresco pies around (mozzarella, grape tomatoes, and basil).
Old Town Scottsdale
Wood-fired pizza you can wash down with a great craft beer selection
Craft 64 is a spot that has not only some of the best pizza in town, but also great ales. Stop by and get the best of both worlds, paring a wood-fired pizza with a craft beer. This place uses only local, organic ingredients, and even makes its own mozzarella from scratch every day. Our rec is The Spain, with chorizo, Spanish almonds, cured olives, and a mild hot sauce.
Downtown Phoenix (& Biltmore)
Award-winning pizza joint that’s been around since ‘88
OK, so let's just get this one out of the way: Bianco has been an award magnet since opening in '88, and its proprietor Chris Bianco is now a James Beard winner and Aziz Ansari tutor. Phoenicians are still willing to line up for hours at a time just for a table. Stop on by and order the simple margherita. It's a revelation.
Drive-thru slices that will defy your expectations
You probably spent years of your life mourning the fact drive-thru pizza isn’t a thing -- until you discovered Federal Pizza. Not only can you pick up a pie to-go without even leaving your car, but it’s high-end pizza you’d never expect from a delivery service. Oh, and they give you a suggested beer pairing for whatever toppings you choose. So go and grab yourself The Answer (great name, right?), with spicy sausage, apple, Gorgonzola, spinach, candied pecans, and fennel.
Central Phoenix (& Other Locations)
THE best place for deep-dish pizza in Phoenix
If you’re looking for a traditional Chicago-style pizza, look no further than Spinato's (or, like, Chicago if that’s closer). Ken Spinato opened the first location way back in '74, and since then it’s become a family business with multiple Valley locations. Fortunately, despite all its growth over the past 40 years, it’s kept its quality, which is no small feat -- largely thanks to the Mamma Spinato’s "Signature" Fresh Spinach, topped with fresh spinach, tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella, and a secret blend of spices.
A go-to for gelato, a bakery, wine, and -- oh yeah -- great pizza
La Grande is a charming blend of a grocery store, pizzeria, bakery, and gift shop. The pizzas are unsurprisingly great (even that Avocado Pizza), and they’re also unique in that most of them can be ordered vegan or with a gluten-free crust.
East Mesa (& North Scottsdale)
Near-infallible family recipes served in a warm, inviting space
Vito, a native Italian, put together his menu by plundering his own family’s recipes -- and it totally worked. He opened his first location in '86 and there's barely been a blip on the quality-control radar since then, putting out consistently fine pies night after night. If you're a meat lover, here's your spot. Get the Vito’s Meat Lover: Italian sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, and homemade meatballs.
An old-school Italian joint that loves its hand-laid brick ovens
When a spot's finest pizza is the margherita, it can be interpreted as a bad sign (basic), or a really, really good one (breaking cliches). In the case of Forno, it's the latter. These suckers win awards, and it's probably because the chefs follow in Bianco's footsteps by making their own mozzarella, bringing in Italian tomatoes, and cooking the end product in a brick-built, wood-fired oven. It’s all in the details.
North Phoenix (& Other Locations)
Super cheap slices, beer, and specials anytime you visit
When you just want a quick, tasty slice, Venezia’s is hard to beat. You can get a hearty slice for a mere $2.50 anytime, and between its low regular prices, coupons, and daily discounts, you’ll never feel like you’ve overpaid -- especially for the quality of the pizza. The Park Avenue is a New York-style number topped with artichoke hearts, spinach, garlic, tomato, and grilled chicken. It is, as you might have guessed, simply wonderful.
Tempe (& Other Locations)
Arizona's ubiquitous reigning pizza chain for lots of reasons
It’s hard to imagine someone being an Arizona resident and not having at least a few Oregano's experiences. It's been an Arizona go-to since it opened in 1993, and you can get virtually any style of pie here, whether it’s stuffed, thin crust, or pan pizza. But honestly, all you really need is any sort of Chicago-style stuffed pizza.
Artisan thin-crust pizza fired in an unmistakable bright red oven
Wood-fired, thin-crust pizza lovers rejoice! LAMP is here for you. The menu breaks up the pizzas by white (without tomato sauce) and red (with sauce!) and has 20 different kinds to choose from. Definitely order the Stacy’s Mom: it’s a white pizza topped with just garlic and ricotta, and it has got it… going on.
North Scottsdale (& Other Locations)
A trendsetting pizza haven even your gluten free and vegan friends can enjoy
Pizza should be egalitarian, and thanks to Pomo, even your vegan and gluten-free friends can enjoy its deliciousness in a chic, comfortable space. Literally any pizza on the menu can be made gluten-free or vegan and you can even opt for a cauliflower crust pizza (if you’re into that kind of thing). For the pizza purists, there are plenty of incredible options with and without tomato sauce, but our top pick is the toto sapore with sausage, prosciutto, salami, sopressata, tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil.
Mexican flavors and al pastor meet the traditional pizza flavors
Here in Phoenix we love Mexican food, maybe even more than we love pizza. And at My Slice of the Pie, you can have the best of both worlds with creative, Southwestern-inspired pies like the Supremo with Southwest sauce, mozzarella, asadero, pollo asado, chorizo, green chili, roasted corn, cilantro and cotija. However, our top pick, is the lAl Pastor WHAT? with many of the same flavors along with grilled pineapple, jalapeno puree, and that delicious al pastor.
What’s better than pizza? Pizza with craft cocktails.
The Parlor has rightfully received nearly every recognition you can imagine, from mentions of its romantic date night atmosphere, to its top-quality lineup of craft cocktails (and of course, the star of the show, the Food Network touted pizza). You won’t find any gimmicky, over-the-top variations here, but the pizzas run the gamut of classics, like heirloom margherita, pepperoni, and spicy barbecue chicken.
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