Pomo Pizza vs. La Piazza Locale: Downtown Phoenix Neapolitan Pizza Battle

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Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana's Bufala Verace pizza.
You might not realize it, but downtown Phoenix has a whole lot of pizza options. There's Pizzeria Bianco, Cibo, and as of last year, two different restaurants specializing specifically in Neapolitan-style pizzas. And crazily enough, they're both located on First Street.

Pomo Pizzeria comes to downtown from Scottsdale, while La Piazza Locale brings it west side roots to the table. Both are certified as serving authentic Neapolitan pizzas by Italian pizza organization and they both serve a a real-deal margherita pizza made with San Marzano tomatoes and Italian mozzarella di buffala. So which one is better? Read on.

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In This Corner: Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

The Setup: It's been about a year since Pomo Pizzeria relocated from the Borgata in Scottsdale to 705 North First Street, the former home of Sens Asian Tapas in downtown Phoenix. Founded by the Italian trio of executive chef Matteo Schiavone and co-owners Stefano Fabbri and Mark Proto, Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana specializes in authentic Neapolitan-style pizzas made to the high standards of the Verace Pizza Napoletana and Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, two associations based in Napoli, Italy.

Pomo serves three types of Pizza Tradizionale, including the Buffala Verace. The pizza features just four ingredients: San Marzano tomatoes (D.O.P., or Denominazione d' Origine Protetta), imported mozzarella di buffala, fresh basil, and extra virgin olive oil.

The Good: We loved the flavor of Pomo's crust. As tradition requires, it's made with imported wheat flour, pre-fermented natural starter, Mediterranean sea salt, and water. After being baked for less than two minutes in a 905 degree oven, it comes out with a nice thin exterior and a chewy inside. The amount of mozzarella di buffala was also impressive. The imported cheese, made from the milk of Italian water buffalo, is preferred for use on pizzas since its softer and much more flavorful than regular mozzarella.

The Bad: The $17 price tag made this pizza a fairly expensive lunch, although it could be split between two light eaters. And though we liked the flavor of Pomo's crust, we found it to be a little thicker than we'd normally like. The tomato paste was less flavorful than we would have liked. San Marzano tomatoes usually pack a distinct almost bittersweet flavor that we didn't quite pick up on this pizza.

Location Info

La Piazza PHX

1 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

8977 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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19 comments
Mary DeLeon
Mary DeLeon

Just wasted 45 mins driving to Locale for nothing pretty much. Checked the website says they are open from 11 to 10, they are closed...headed to Bianco

Paul Fabiano
Paul Fabiano

Pomo is A+. Need to try La Piazza L. Dino Vitale come out and be the expert judge!

Tiffany Sellwood
Tiffany Sellwood

Pomo is amazing, but Piazza is almost as good and at a much better price!.

Marc Gleeman
Marc Gleeman

Justin is a pizza God. His pie's ARE THE BEST!!! Always consistent! The dough is the perfect dough and the other ingredients always fresh. Justin is The Master!

Paul Benjamin
Paul Benjamin

I'll try it one more time but La Piazza Locale was a huge disappointment. Pomo just may be my favorite restaurant.

Brent Carrell
Brent Carrell

They're both excellent, but if I had to rank 'em it'd go as follows: 1. Pomo 2. Cibo 3. Bianco 4. Locale

Joy Angelle
Joy Angelle

Haven't been to la piazza, but Pomo's is my favorite in town. It's going to be hard to top.

Barb Walters Harris
Barb Walters Harris

well, Janine and Dennis Skinner, we were just having this conversation. You'll have to take us to La Piazza Locale to try and convince us it is better than Pomo.

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