Regina Margherita D.O.C. from La Piazza Locale: 100 Favorite Dishes

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Lauren Saria
Last year we marked the hundred day countdown to Best of Phoenix by sharing some of our favorite food folks' "Personal Best" lists. This year we're bringing back our list of 100 Favorite Dishes. Have a suggestion for a dish you'd like us to try? Leave it in the comments section or email lauren.saria@newtimes.com.

34. Regina Margherita D.O.C. from La Piazza Locale

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

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There's certainly no shortage of places to go for pizza in this town. Phoenix's list of pizza spots even includes two restaurants from one of the best know pizza makers in the whole country. But when we're craving an authentic Neapolitan-style pie, we like to head to La Piazza Locale in downtown Phoenix.

It's a second restaurant from chef Justin Piazza, who made his name at La Piazza Al Forno in downtown Glendale. That charming spot was well worth the drive, but when the chef opened a La Pizza Locale last year we were thankful to have these pizzas right in our backyard.

The Regina Margherita D.O.C. is about as classic and simple as pizzas come, featuring only the highest quality ingredient that money can buy. Rather than tangy red sauce you'll get a light sauce with pieces of San Marzano tomatoes, which give the pizza a barely sweet, fruity flavor. The pieces mozzarella di buffala are like nuggets of cream, while leave of fresh basil give a bright flavor to the dish. Best of all is the flash baked doughy crust that's crisp on the outside and chewy as you get closer to the center.

Miss a dish?

100. Pork Belly Pastrami from Citizen Public House

99. French Onion Soup from Bonjour Vietnam

98. Whiskey Cream Gelato from Marrazo That's Amore

97. Breakfast Croissant from Cartel Coffee Lab

96. Salmon "Yasu Style" at Yasu Sushi Bistro

95. Cannoli from DeFalco's Italian Deli

94. Falafel Sandwich from Al-Hana Restaurant

93. PBLT at Bootleggers

92. Samosa from Little India

91. Combo Plate from El Pollo Supremo

90. Brunch Burger from Orange Table

89. Duck Fat Fries from Bourbon Steak

88. Kurobuta Pork Chop from Noca

87. Carne Adovada Enchiladas from Los Dos Molinos

86. Maple Bacon Doughnut from Rainbow Donuts

85. Pad Khing from Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine

84. Mariscos con Arroz from Tumi Fine Peruvian Cuisine

83. Chicago Dog from Portillo's Hot Dogs

82. Lemon Bars from Phoenix Public Market Cafe

81. Preserved Pickle and Pork Noodle Soup from Asian Cafe Express

80. Maine Lobster Roll from The Maine Lobster Lady

79. Lengua Tacos from Asadero Norte de Sonora

78. Black Licorice from Super Chunk Sweets and Treats

77. Cracker Jack from House of Tricks

76. Chicken Achari Curry from Curry Corner

75. Lavender Berry Lemonade Popsicle from AZ Pops

74. Truffle Bikini from The Tavern

73. Lemon and Basil Chicken Salad Sandwich from Essence Bakery Cafe

72. Oaxaca Special Burro from Carolina's

71. Texas Po' Boy from Texas BBQ House

70. Thai Noodle Soup from RedThai

69. Breakfast Sandwich from Lux Central

68. Deep Fried Duck with Taro from Hong Kong Asian Diner

67. Chicken Pot Pie from The Duce

66. Alfajores from El Chullo

65. Chashu Ramen from Sushi Ken

64. Yukon Gold from The Parlor Pizzeria

63. Crispy Pig Ears from Bar Crudo

62. French Fries from Cafe Bink, Bink's Midtown, and Bink's Scottsdale

61. Croissant Bread Pudding from Ollie Vaughn's

60. Kale Caesar Salad from Original ChopShop Co.

59. Chilaquiles from La Tolteca

58. Farmstead Goat Milk Caramel from The Simple Farm

57. Pistachio Chicken Liver Pate from The Gladly

56. Paitan Ramen from Umami

55. Nopales and Longaniza Taco from El Tlacoyo

54. Chicken Feet from Great Wall Cuisine

53. The Oggie from Cornish Pasty Co.

52. The Lady from Short Leash Dogs

51. Pork Belly Pibil from The Mission

50. Mixed Grill from Copper Kettle

49. Oxtail Noodle Soup from China Magic Noodle House

48. Two Meat Plate from Little Miss BBQ

47. PB&B Burger from Welcome Diner

46. West Lake Soup from New Hong Kong Restaurant

45. Short Rib Hot Pot from Lucky's King Wah

44. Ful Medames from A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea

43. Spinach Spaetzle from Beckett's Table

42. Onion Rings at Joe's Farm Grill

41. No. 2 Crepe from Jobot Coffee

40. Buttterfish Tataki from Roka Akor

39. Grilled Octopus from Virtu Honest Craft

38. Boricua from Republica Empanada

37. Lil' Amadi from Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles

36. Basil Lime Sorbet from Sweet Republic

35. Veggie Pho with Rare Beef from Khai Hoan

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Location Info

La Piazza Phx

1 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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4 comments
Dolores Garcia
Dolores Garcia

Italian Stallion....buy I need to try a few more. ;)

rlgans1
rlgans1

One has to wonder how much was paid for this advertisement. Almost no basil on a pizza that is supposed to represent the Italian flag. No basil equals poor flavor. If I wanted to eat bread, I'd go to a baker, and if I wanted to eat cheese, I'd go to a cheesemaker. IF I want to eat a good pizza, I'm going to go to a place that combines all the ingredients into a harmonious melange and doesn't skimp.

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