11 Best Pizza Spots in Metro Phoenix

Noca -- 4 Stagioni pizza.jpg
Courtesy of Noca
4 Stagioni -- artichoke, mushroom, prosciutto cotto, tomato and mozzarella
As a restaurant town, Phoenix still gets a bum rap: too many chains, too few ethnic, no restaurant-rich urban core, and no famous equivalent to Philly's cheesesteak or Chicago's hot dog to call our own. But there's one thing we do have in abundance, and it's great pizza. Seriously, we are a first-rate pizza town.

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We can thank James Beard award-winner Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco for that, the guy who showed us that pizza could be other-worldly when made with premium, locally sourced ingredients and great care. Here are 11 pizza places turning out artisanal or damn-close-to-artisanal pies.

The Parlor -- Manza pizza.jpg
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Manzo at The Parlor

The Parlor

Aric Mei (son of Nello's pizza scion Dan Mei) transformed a midcentury beauty parlor into a sleek, retro pizza parlor, hiring Jared Porter, who brings loads of pie-making experience from LGO, to crank them out. Knowing that he wanted pizzas with enough structure to hold up to his creative toppings and enough stability to be consistent (essential when you're cranking out 500 pizzas per day), Porter started with the Nello's recipe and went from there, creating hand-stretched, chewy and slightly bread-y pies, blistered from the wood-burning oven. Although you can build your own pizzas here, why bother when you can have one of Porter's wildly creative specialty pies which rotate by season? At the moment (and this will change by March 6), he's featuring the phenomenal Manzo, topped with braised short rib, white bean puree, broccoli rabe, and horseradish crema (8-inch, $10; 12-inch, $14). Florid? You bet. Best eaten with a knife and fork, this thing is like a rustic Italian supper on a pizza plate. Look for a seafood pizza and a hunter's-style pizza involving rabbit sausage in the days to come.

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Artichoke-truffle pizza at Andreoli
Andreoli Italian Grocer

At his cozy Italian market-cum-restaurant, Giovanni Scorzo makes pizza on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday nights, and his regulars keep his calendar in their heads, showing up promptly at 6:15 for Scorzo's superb pies. Fired in 90 seconds, they emerge from his fancy Italian-imported oven soft and pillowy around the edges. Insiders don't mind splurging on two of his specialties -- a rich, swoon-worthy artichoke and black truffle combo, drizzled with truffle oil that you'll smell before it ever hits the table ($27) and a luscious lobster pizza, topped with garlic, tomato, oregano and a smidge of mozzarella ($27). Affordable and equally delicious traditional pizzas (Scorzo usually offers six or seven choices priced between $15-$17) are also available.

Location Info

Pizzeria Bianco

623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Parlor Pizzeria

1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Andreoli Italian Grocer

8880 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Piazza Al Forno

5803 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lamp Wood Oven Pizzeria

8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Noca

3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Federal Pizza

5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Grande Orange Grocery

4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria

603 N. Fifth Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Sonarone212
Sonarone212

Famous Ray's Pizza on 7th Bell Rd , Is a True New York Style Pizzeria, Real ,Authentic Pizza!

The Rest Above are Just gourmet style Pizza......

joshua.schlag
joshua.schlag

While many of the picks are great, some of those barely resemble pizzas.

Missing from the list: Mellow Mushroom.

pbenjamin
pbenjamin

Pizza a Metro deserves consideration here.  And you missed the point that Pane Bianco has 4 of the Pizzeria Bianco pizzas (for dinner except for summer).

zinxminx
zinxminx

Sorry but that does not look like pizza to me. not even close lol.


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shomeraz
shomeraz

those all look great, but sadly the best pizza ever in the valley, Pizza D'Amore, is gone forever


David
David

Great list...though a caveat about Bianco/Italian Restaurant: the pies at Italian Restaurant are simply not the same as the Pizzeria. Same ingredients, perhaps, but not nearly the same flavor and crust. A little greasier too. Tried them 3x now and resolved to just go to the Pizzeria if I want the good stuff.

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