Pizzeria Bianco has been bringing pizza fans to downtown Phoenix for years. Now, with the addition of two more pizzerias this summer, plus local favorite Cibo, downtown Phoenix can join New York and Chicago as a must-see destination for pizza connoisseurs.
New York Times food critic Ed Levine wrote that Chef Chris Bianco crafts what “might just be the best pizza in the world.” Located in downtown’s Historic Heritage Square, Pizzeria Bianco is intimate and bustling, with exposed-brick walls and a glowing, wood-fire oven. While you wait for a table (and there will be a wait), enjoy a glass of wine at Bar Bianco next door or a pint of ale at the English pub across the street.
Pomo Pizzeria is one of two Phoenix-area restaurants to receive the stamp of approval from Vera Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza), an Italian trade association that authenticates and promotes the pizza standards of Naples, considered the birthplace of pizza.
This urban pizzeria and wine bar occupies a restored 1913 house in the Roosevelt Row district. A warmly lit interior and one of the most romantic outdoor patios in downtown Phoenix makes Cibo a local favorite for pizza.
Another Napoletana-certified pizzeria in Phoenix is La Piazza PHX, located on First Street just north of Washington Street. Owner Justin Piazza’s La Piazza al Forno has long been serving up pizza to the lucky residents of Glendale and was fawned over by Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.