Five Phoenix Pizzas We Love

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A Mushroom Party at LGO
They say New York and Chicago are the pizza towns, but here at Chow Bella, we beg to differ. It's just not fair to ask us to limit our list of favorite Phoenix pizzas to just five, so we'll be back soon with another five -- and who knows, maybe another five after that. 
 

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5. A Mushroom Party from La Grande Orange Pizzeria

Let's face it, La Grande Orange, in-between downtown Scottsdale and the Camelback corridor, is an off-the-beaten path, one-stop shop for gourmet just about anything. While we love its dizzying array of olive oils, Tammie Coe treats, or a crazy-good coffee on the outdoor patio, it's the gourmet pizzas from the casual La Grand Orange Pizzeria that we think about the most -- like the aptly named A Mushroom Party. Loaded with three types of sautéed 'shrooms (crimini, button, and oyster), in addition to sweet onion and shaved fennel on a thin sourdough fermented crust, gourmet pie fans can watch the on-site pizza pros work their magic or, if the place is packed (and it usually is), take advantage of curbside service.

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Salciccia at Cibo

4. Salciccia at Cibo

Naples-style pies aren't hard to come by in Phoenix, but most we've sampled have burnt bottoms or a center so thin that the cheese slithers away faster than makeup off our faces on a hot summer day. Cibo hits the mark others miss by crafting a thin-crust pizza that doesn't sag in the middle - or shed a ton of nasty orange grease. The Pizza Salciccia is especially noshable, with fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce that smacks of the vine (not the can), and sausage crumbles with hints of fennel and anise.

3. The Bianca at La Piazza al Forno

At La Piazza al Forno, pizza means only one thing - Neapolitan. Thanks to homemade mozzarella and dough, San Marzano tomatoes imported from Italy, and recipes from the old country, the Piazza family's been servin' up a tight selection of phenomenal Neapolitans since they opened their neighborhood eatery in downtown Glendale over three years ago. Our favorite? The Bianca, or white pizza. A garlic-lover's dream, the Bianca features fresh mozzarella, ricotta, and basil on a thin but sturdy crust with a soft interior and, thanks to a wood-fueled brick oven, a touch of savory smokiness.

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 While mostly everyone else is eating bread, and you are searching for news about their gluten free credentials from their chef your are starting to feel emptier and probably more frustrated. If you feed yourself before you leave or take some snacks with you, you will be ensured of being able to take your time at the gluten free restaurant.

Joel LaTondress
Joel LaTondress

Definitely the Sonny Boy @ Pizzeria Bianco and the Don Alfonzo @ Pomo.  

JJ
JJ

LGO's gluten free pizza is FANTASTIC!! I hope its in the next list..

ts
ts

Totally agree with the pizzookie being number 1.

Van
Van

Pizza articles tend to skip over one of the BEST pizza restaurants in the Valley...Spinato's Pizza. The sauce is what makes this pizza and the great service just makes it even better!

Davidwhite
Davidwhite

Rotolo's brought New Orleans style pizza to the valley. A New Yorker myself, I was skeptical at first. But their take on pizza is delicious, my favorite is the Sweep the Floor Pizza

Phnxbyrd
Phnxbyrd

For a thin crust Chicago Pizza Fuzzy's wins hands down. Deep Dish goes to me, I make my own cast iron skillet deep dish.

Susan
Susan

When I found out I can't have gluten I was devastated. Pizza and pasta are my favorite foods on earth!  When I found Picazzo's I was in heaven.  Their gluten free pizza's beat many of the pies I had previously.  They are fresh and yummy.  They have a whole menu of gluten free foods which I can eat, including desert!  My family also raves about their food and they eat the "regular stuff" they offer there.  Everyone should try them!  Yum! 

Cwcwarmer
Cwcwarmer

La Grande Orange best gluten free pizza ever.

Roy
Roy

Are you serious? Picazzo's is God Awful.

Preston Smith
Preston Smith

Spinatos Get Meaty is an AMAZING pizza! So what if it isn't organic and fire roasted.

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