|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.
Get the rest of the pie after the jump.
|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.