The Absolute Best Pizza in Phoenix
By the slice or whole pie.
What’s the secret to great pizza? Well, it depends who you ask. Everyone has an opinion: deep-dish or crispy crust, pineapple or no pineapple, red sauce or white sauce. But when it comes down to it, it’s all science, really. The right amount of yeasty dough, sauce, and toppings provide a solid starting point for any great pie. But you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to put together those delicious calculations. All you need is a set of working tastebuds and an appetite to come to a solid, and pretty cheesy, conclusion.
Now, get ready to put those tastebuds to work. And you’ll definitely need to bring that appetite, too. Phoenix’s unmissable pizza joints are all right here. Scroll on down to find ‘em.
Get your ‘za, Roma-style, at West Valley-based Piazza Romana. The Avondale spot is the latest pizza concept from Justin Piazza -- you already know and love La Piazza al Forno for their wood-fired pizza. Here, his dough is made with a highly hydrated formula, made with an 80 percent water to flour ratio, that is allowed to rise for four days resulting in a crust that’s light and airy. Each rectangle-shaped pizza is topped with a combination of local ingredients and ingredients imported directly from Italy. Pizza by the slice is the go-to at Piazza Romana, but you can also get a tray, which is enough to satisfy the cravings of three to six people.
How to order: Schedule a delivery via UberEats or Doordash, or stop by pickup.
This community-focused order-at-the-counter pizza shop uses rustic cooking methods, including a wood-fired oven that makes for perfect crusts. Many of the ingredients are sourced directly from Gilbert’s community farm at Agritopia, so you’re always guaranteed some fresh tastes on your piping-hot pie.
How to order: Dine-in or schedule a pickup or delivery online.
New York-style slices and pies are what’s on the menu at this Downtown Phoenix pizza joint. The compact pizza shop is a throwback with its checkered floors, red tabletops, and neon signs. In addition to a shortlist of pies, ranging from classic pepperoni to chicken parm, standbys like garlic knots, salads, sandwiches, wings, and fries round out the Ziggy’s menu. And, this pizza spot houses a secret entrance to an out-of-this-world pinball lounge.
How to order: Ziggy’s is open for dine-in and no-contact takeout. Get your order delivered with Postmates, Grubhub, or Seamless.
This family-operated restaurant deals in all sorts of Italian classics, but really, you’re here for the ‘za. Flame-kissed traditional Neapolitan-style pizza is what’s in store when you visit Forno 301. Try the namesake Forno 301. This pie features a lip-smacking red sauce, fresh mozzarella, sausage, and a generous supply of mushroom and onion that will have you reaching for another slice.
How to order: Currently open for dine-in and curbside pickup; call to order (480) 787-5654.
Does pineapple belong on pizza? This seemingly simple question has sparked a fiery debate amongst pizza fans over the years. Whatever team you’re on, you’re probably really passionate about your opinion. And Myke’s might just sway your opinion on the heated debate. Locally grown peaches are known to make an appearance on the wood-fired pies at Myke’s, making a solid case that fruit does in fact belong on pizza. And yes, there’s a pineapple option, too. It’s loaded with pickled chiles, pork roll, aged gouda, mozz, and drizzled with spicy honey.
How to order: Place your pickup order right here.
This Grand Avenue staple dishes out crave-worthy ooey-gooey chewy pies well into the early morning hours. A foldable slice at 2am just hits different. Standouts include spicy, saucy, and artichoke-topped Stallion. And the Jimmy Legs with a basil pesto sauce, grilled chicken, and smoked bacon is unmissable. It’s also worth noting that Grand Avenue Pizza sources ingredients from around the state, down to their all natural dough and scratch-made sauces and dressings.
How to order: Currently open for dine-in, takeout, and they’re also offering delivery within a four-mile radius; call to order (602) 253-6107
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.
How to order: Dine-in or order for pickup or delivery here.
Freak Brothers pizza was born from a mobile brick oven. Today, the vegan-friendly pizza shop has found a permanent home within Downtown Phoenix’s buzzy hangout, The Churchill. Their pies are fired at over 900-degrees, resulting in a marriage of super-crispy crusts and gooey melted cheeses. Freak Brothers’ standard pies are built on a base of organic, handmade dough and topped with cheeses direct from Italy and an assembly of carefully sourced local ingredients. And they’ve got gluten-free and vegan-friendly options that are equally delicious.
How to order:Order takeout online or get delivery via Uber Eats, Doordash, Postmates, or Grubhub.
This family-owned pizzeria has been a local favorite since 1996. And it might just have something to do with the hand-stretched mozzarella cheese, scratch-made pastas, cured in-house meats, pizza dough that’s made fresh on the daily, and the incredible from-scratch desserts -- maybe. Nello’s award-winning pies range from traditional pepperoni and sausage-topped options to unique pies like the Yukon Gold, constructed with olive oil, potatoes, pancetta, gorgonzola, mozzarella (hand-stretched, of course), and topped with an egg.
How to order: Nello’s is open for dine-in and takeout. Start your order on Doordash.
When the chef making the pies is a certified piazaloo, you know what you’re getting is about to be really, really good. Prior to opening his latest concept earlier this year, Chef Gio Osso was certified by the Accademia della Pizza Napoletana. Yes, it’s a real thing. And no, not just anyone can get certified. Now, let’s talk pizza. The pies here are made in the Napolentana tradition, which means airy crusts and thin centers that likely require a fork and knife. There’s about a half dozen pizzas on the menu here; all of which are undoubtedly delicious.
How to order: Open for dine-in and takeout; call to order (480) 663-9797. Make your reservations here.
Uptown, Scottsdale, Arcadia, Glendale
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. You can’t go wrong with the Malnati classic -- which has sausage, extra cheese, and lots (and we mean LOTS) of sauce.
How to order: Dine-in or get your order started right here.
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.
How to order: Make reservations or get your pizza delivered with Grubhub.
Downtown Phoenix, Biltmore
Bianco’s pies have catapulted our city’s food culture into national conversation. Over the years the highly lauded Heritage Square pizza haven has become a favorite of locals from every corner of The Valley and a must-visit for the pizza obsessed -- for good reason. A word of advice? Don’t come here on a diet. You’ll want to try everything, especially the wood-fired Neapolitan-style ‘zas like the Margherita or Biancoverde.
How to order: Order via Goldbelly, Grubhub, and Seamless. Pizzeria Bianco is also open for dine-in.
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).
How to order: Open for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
Tempe, North Phoenix, Central, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee
In the early '70s, founder Ken Spinato and his family relocated from an Italian neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago to Arizona. More than 40 years later Spinato’s is still family-run, the sausage is still made in-house, and the secret sauce is still a secret. Don’t sleep on Mama's Signature. The drool-inducing pie is layered with spinach, roma tomatoes, garlic, and mozzarella cheese.
How to order: Select locations are open for dine-in, takeout, and contactless delivery; place your order online.
Tempe, North Phoenix, Northeast Mesa, East Mesa, Gilbert
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.
How to order: Find takeout and delivery options here.
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.
How to order: LGO is open for dine-in and also offers takeout and curbside pickup and contactless delivery via DoorDash.
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.
How to order: Currently open for dine-in and takeout; (480) 292-8773.
Scottsdale, Downtown Phoenix, Biltmore
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.
How to order: Order online right here or have your pies delivered with Postmates.
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.
How to order: Open for dine-in; delivery via Postmates and takeout and pickup options are also available.
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