12: Rustica Pizza at Cibo

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Number 12: Rustica pizza at Cibo

Decisions, decisions.

It seems that pizzaiolo Guido Saccone has created a pie to suit every mood at Cibo (one of my favorite downtown haunts) and I've eaten every single one over the years. I love them all, truly. How to pick just one to call a "favorite dish"? I've really given it some thought.

The Rustica wins out -- it's always in the lineup for me, and the times I've recommended it to people, they've loved it too. This pizza has always hit the spot.

It's a white pie, smothered in melted fresh mozzarella and baked in the wood-fired oven before getting a blanket of thinly sliced proscuitto and fresh arugula just before it leaves the kitchen. The contrasting textures and flavors is so appealing.

And the crust -- wow. It's blistered and chewy and a little bit smoky. That's the common denominator to all of Saccone's pizzas, and why every one is a gem.

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16: Tagliatelle at The Parlor
17: Banana Cream Pie at Cork
18: Morning Glory Benedict at Morning Glory Cafe
19: AZ Sweet Shrimp Po'Boy Sliders at District American Kitchen
20: Oaxaca Special at Carolina's
21: Chicken Tikka Masala at Guru Palace
22: Hirame Carpaccio at Nobuo at Teeter House
23: Hot Pressed Tuna at La Grande Orange
24: Chilaquiles at La Tolteca
25: Pho Tai Nam at Da Vang
26: Olive-Oil Poached Arctic Char at Kai
27: Pulled Pork at Joe's Real BBQ
28: Falafel Sandwich at Haji-Baba
29: Payt-N-Bake Chicken at Caffe Boa
30: Thai BBQ Chicken at Thai E-San
31: Sweet and Spicy Burger at The Grind
32: Kimchi Chigae at Ewha Korean Restaurant
33: Red Chile Beef at Verde
34: Garlic Shrimp at Hope Kee
35: Antipasto Platter at Pizzeria Bianco
36: Beef Fried Noodles at China Magic Noodle House
37: Grilled Calamari at Andreoli Italian Grocer
38: Spicy Miso Ramen at Sushi Ken
39: Fish 'n Chips at Rula Bula
40: Corn Pancakes with Crab at The Mission
41: Santa Lucia Pasta at Marcellino Ristorante
42: Smoked Truffle-Infused Filet Mignon at Christopher's
43: Pollo Colonial at Iruna
44: Mozzarella Carozza at Aiello's Fine Italian Dining
45: Mofongo at El Coquito
46: Sticky Toffee Pudding at St. Francis
47: Steak Frites at Metro Brasserie
48: Black Cod with Acini de Pepe at Cafe Bink
49: Steak & Egg Sliders at Lon's
50: Taco Monterrey at Pepe's Taco Villa
51: Toro Tartare at Sushi Roku
52: Fish Tacos at Barrio Cafe
53: Reuben at Matt's Big Breakfast
54: Short Ribs at J&G Steakhouse
55: Mole Poblano at Los Sombreros
56: Chicken Fried Steak at Texaz Grill
57: Carne Asada on a Potato Pancake at The Vig
58: White Flannel Hash at Orange Table
59: Butterfish Tataki at Roka Akor
60: Eggs Maximilian at Harlow's Cafe
61: Chickpea Ceviche at Bombay Spice
62: Spiced Skirt Steak at Tuck Shop
63: Rib Eye Philly at SanTan Brewing Company
64: Albacore With Black Truffle at Crudo
65: Slice at Jimmy & Joe's Pizzeria
66: Lee's Combination at Lee's Sandwiches
67: Duck Curry at Sala Thai
68: Chicken Kabab at Med Fresh Grill
69: Cheese Course at Sweet Republic
70: La Potence at Le Chalet
71: Brisket at Bryan's Black Mountain Barbecue
72: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup at The Roosevelt
73: Coq Au Vin at Vincent's Market Bistro
74: Cochinita Pibil Tacos at La Condesa Gourmet Taco Shop
75: Char Siu Bao at Phoenix Palace
76: Huevos Rancheros at Gallo Blanco Cafe
77: Italian Stallion at La Piazza Al Forno
78: Bourekas at Spices Mediterranean Kitchen
79: Warm Maine Lobster Salad at Modern Steak
80: Escargots En Croute at Petite Maison
81: Salumi at Quiessence
82: Okonomiyaki at Hana Japanese Eatery
83: Croissants at Essence Bakery Cafe
84: Coronado Coney at The Main Ingredient
85: Green Chili at Rito's Mexican Takeout
86: Soup Gyoza at Sens Asian Tapas & Sake Bar
87: Pop Cho and Sweet Ginger at The Breadfruit
88: La Jawab Kadahi Gosht at The Dhaba
89: Chicken & Waffles from Lo-Lo's
90: Burrata at Humble Pie
91: Bruleed Foie Gras Torchon at Posh
92: Moroccan Nomad Stew at Chakra 4
93: Peking Duck at Gourmet House of Hong Kong
94: Mozzarella Sandwich at Pane Bianco
95: Egg White Omelette at Fez
96: Machaca From Los Dos Molinos
97: Shish Taook from Baiz Market
98: Pasties From Cornish Pasty Co.
99: Clams in Black Bean Sauce From Asian Cafe Express
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Location Info

Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria

603 N. Fifth Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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