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The 12 Best Pizza Spots in Phoenix

Published On 03/09/2015 Published On 03/09/2015

To outsiders, Phoenix may not seem like a pizza city. But then again, they also think cars with leather seats are a good idea, so their opinion isn’t to be trusted. Truth is, not only do we have some good pies here in town, but we’ve also got some of the finest and most inventive in all the land. From avocado pies, to ones with Spanish almonds, these are the places responsible for our shining pizza scene.

Oregano's Pizza Bistro

Oregano's Pizza Bistro

Tempe (& other locations)
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.

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Pizzeria Bianco

Downtown Phoenix (& Biltmore)
OK, so let's just get this one out of the way: Bianco has become an award magnet since opening in '88; Chris Bianco is now a James Beard winner; and Phoenicians are still totally willing to line up for hours at a time just for a table. Stop on by and order the simple margherita. It's all you'll ever need.

La Grande Orange Grocery and Pizzeria

La Grande Orange Pizzeria

Arcadia
La Grande is a charming blend of a grocery store, pizzeria, bakery, and gift shop, and it's all somehow more delicious than the sum of its parts. 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.  

Vito's Pizza & Italian Ristorante

East Mesa (& North Scottsdale)
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.

Cibo Pizzeria

Cibo

Downtown Phoenix
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).

Spinato's Pizzeria

Spinato's Pizzeria

Central Phoenix (& other locations)
If you’re looking for a traditional Chicago-style pizza, look no further than Spinato's (or, like, Chicago). 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 30 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.

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La Piazza al Forno

Glendale
When a spot's finest pizza is the margherita, it's either a bad sign, or a really, really good one. 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.

Venezia's Pizzeria

Venezia's Pizzeria

North Phoenix (& other locations)
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, it'll never make you 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's, as you might have guessed, wonderful.

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Downtown Tempe
Moving slightly upscale to the traditional pizza joint, Bocca boasts a Mediterranean-inspired menu (with some real stunners on it) and a classy wine bar atmosphere. We can't say enough about the Chicken Pesto. This pizza has all your favorites: bacon, mozzarella & fontina cheeses, caramelized onions, and of course, chicken. All topped with truffle oil!

Federal Pizza

Federal Pizza

Central Phoenix
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 get from a delivery service. Oh, and it gives you a suggested beer pairing for whatever toppings you choose. So go and grab yourself The Answer (yes, that’s what it’s called): spicy sausage, apple, gorgonzola, spinach, candied pecans, and fennel.

Craft 64

Old Town Scottsdale
Craft 64 is a spot that has not only some of the best pizza in town, but also great beers to boot. Stop by and get the best of both worlds, paring a wood-fired pizza with a cold craft beer. This place uses only local, organic ingredients, and even makes its own mozzarella from scratch every day. Try the Spain: chorizo, Spanish almonds, cured olives, and a mild hot sauce... on a pizza!

LAMP Pizzeria

Lamp Wood Oven Pizzeria

North Scottsdale
Wood-fired, thin-crust pizza lovers rejoice! Lamp is here to save you. The menu breaks up the pizzas by white (without tomato sauce) and red (with sauce!), and has 20 different kinds to choose from. Order the Stacy’s Mom: it’s a white pizza topped with just garlic and ricotta, and it has got it going on (get it??).

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Jamie Killin is a Phoenix writer and pizza enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter @jamiekillin or on Instagram @jamiefayekillin.

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1. Oregano's Pizza Bistro 523 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

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, served in a family-friendly restaurant with a patio. But honestly, all you really need is any sort of Chicago-style stuffed pizza and you'll be guaranteed a good night.

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2. Pizzeria Bianco 623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Downtown Phoenix)

If you were to look at a list of Arizona's best pizza, you'd find Pizzeria Bianco at the top of nearly every single one. James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco has done great things for artisanal pizza since he first opened his shop in 1988. Pizzeria Bianco's first iteration was in the back of corner of a grocery store, and it now has two locations in Phoenix and one in Tucson. No matter when or where you go, there'll be a wait. The line is worth it though because the thin-crust, crispy pizza is all you'll ever need.

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3. La Grande Orange Grocery and Pizzeria 4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018 (Arcadia)

La Grande might be a charming blend of a “grocery” store, pizzeria, bakery, and gift shop, but that doesn’t take away from the quality of its pizza. Some places really can do it all. 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.

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4. Vito's Pizza and Italian Ristorante 1947 N Lindsay Rd, Mesa, AZ 85213 (Mesa)

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, with 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, and casually indulge in Vito's family-friendly space.

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5. CIBO Urban Pizzeria 603 N 5th Ave, Phoenix, 85003

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), amongst an extensive list of other thin crust, wood-fired red and white pizzas prepared in classic Italian fashion.

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6. Spinato's Pizzeria 5509 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

If you’re looking for a traditional Chicago-style pizza, look no further than Spinato's (or, like, Chicago). 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 30 years, it’s kept its quality, which is no small feat -- largely thanks to the Mamma Spinato’s "Signature" Fresh Spinach pie, topped with fresh spinach, tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella, and a secret blend of spices. At this central Phoenix location, the 10,000-square-foot space accommodates Andiamo Marketplace, which extends Spinato's offerings to coffees, pastries, and grab-and-go options for lunch.

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7. La Piazza Al Forno 5803 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301 (Glendale)

When a spot's finest pizza is the margherita, it's either a bad sign, or a really, really good one. In the case of Forno, located in Arizona's historic Glendale neighborhood, 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. The space is down-home casual, but you won't mistake these dining tables for your own, as the Food Network-renown pies smack of uniquely savory, cheesy gourmet.

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8. Venezia's Pizzeria 15620 N Tatum Blvd Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85032

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, it'll never make you 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's, as you might have guessed, wonderful. The 4,000-square-foot space also comes back with an outdoor patio, and with a wings-, pasta-, and pizza-loaded menu, you'll be grateful for the room.

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9. La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar 699 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281

A slightly upscale take on the traditional pizza joint, Bocca boasts a Mediterranean-inspired menu (with some real stunners on it) and a dimly lit, intimate wine bar atmosphere. We can't say enough about the Chicken Pesto, which boasts has all your favorite toppings: bacon, mozzarella & fontina cheeses, caramelized onions, and of course, chicken. And whether you order the pesto, or another pick from the hand-tossed pizza selection, an outdoor patio awaits to perfectly backdrop your wine-fueled evening.

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10. Federal Pizza 5210 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

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 get from a delivery service. Oh, and it gives you a suggested beer pairing for whatever toppings you choose. If you're hesitating on your first ever Federal meal, grab yourself The Answer (yes, that’s what it’s called): spicy sausage, apple, gorgonzola, spinach, candied pecans, and fennel.

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11. CRAFT 64 Pizza, Local Craft Beer & Wine. 6922 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Craft 64 is a spot that has not only some of the best pizza in town, but also great beers to boot. Stop by and get the best of both worlds, paring a wood-fired pizza with a cold craft beer. This place uses only local, organic ingredients, and even makes its own mozzarella from scratch every day. Try the Spain: chorizo, Spanish almonds, cured olives, and a mild hot sauce... on a pizza!

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12. Lamp Wood Oven Pizzeria 8900 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (North Scottsdale)

Wood-fired, thin-crust pizza lovers rejoice! Lamp is here to save you. The menu breaks up the pizzas by white (without tomato sauce) and red (with sauce!), and has 20 different kinds to choose from. Order the Stacy’s Mom: it’s a white pizza topped with just garlic and ricotta, and it has got it going on (get it??). The space is low-lit and refined, but still family-friendly enough to bring your entire pack of nutella pie-loving brothers, daughters, and parents.

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