I don't proclaim to have the final word on pizza. I do know that if you are looking for a pizzeria there are many choices in Phoenix. I have nothing against the standard delivery chains like Pizza Hut or Domino's or Papa John's. They have their purpose. Sometimes, though, you just have to go out and get a fresh pizza in a restaurant setting. Are these all the best ones? Pizza generates heated discussions, and determining the best is very subjective.
Phoenix has been rated as one of the best pizza cities in the country! You'll find every style here.
Step into your own little corner of Italy when you visit this place in one of four locations: Scottsdale, Phoenix, Gilbert and Glendale. It might not be like the pizza you are used to having that is mass-produced, and there's no deep dish pizza here, but if you enjoy thin crust with real Italian meats and cheeses on your pizza, I'd make an effort to get there.
In this case, NYPD doesn't mean New York Police Department. It stands for New York Pizza Department. Dough made from from scratch, homemade pizza sauce, whole milk mozzarella - a whole pound of it on an 18” cheese pie -- baked in an old fashioned stone oven. Again, you'll find families as well as couples on casual dates here. Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Surprise, Glendale, Avondale. The dining rooms might need some updating for style, but the pizza is good.
Chris Bianco and his downtown Phoenix pizza restaurant have won several awards, including being named the best pizza in America in 2001. There's nothing wrong with having great marketing for a business, and Pizzeria Bianco has capitalized on the hype. Honestly, the pizza I had there was very good, even if the staff was a bit surly. It's a very small place, so it is not unusual during peak times to wait between 1 and 3 hours for a pizza. I'm not willing to do that, even if backgammon and a wine bar can help pass the time, so I went at 2 p.m.
Grimaldi's used to be called Patsy Grimaldi's and has changed ownership since coming to the Valley of the Sun. They started in Scottsdale and have since expanded to Chandler, Peoria and Gilbert. The history of Grimaldi's has roots dating back to the first pizzeria in America in Brooklyn, New York. Home-made pizzas, fresh toppings in an upscale pizza restaurant environment.
La Piazza al Forno
La Piazza al Forno is a family owned, one-of-a-kind pizza place in Historic Downtown Glendale. They serve brick oven pizza and entrées in a casual, family environment. When I'm in Glendale, my car seems to pull in the direction of that pizza.
Mellow Mushroom gets good patron reviews and a casual and inviting restaurant with locations in Tempe, West Phoenix and North Phoenix at City North. I love a white pizza or the Magical Mystery Tour special pizza, with a pesto base, Portobello mushrooms, feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach and jalapeños on a pesto basted crust. But if that's not for you, they have other specials or, of course, you can create your own.
Cibo Urban Pizzeria
In Downtown Phoenix, in a small, restored bungalow, Cibo presents Neapolitan Style pizza along with salads and Italian entrees featuring homemade pasta on their lunch and dinner menus.
Organ Stop Pizza
Most people don't go to Organ Stop Pizza for the pizza. Honestly, I've had better and I've had worse. Organ Stop Pizza is a unique experience in Mesa, Arizona. It's more of an attraction than a restaurant! What makes it special is that while you eat your pizza, you'll be entertained by someone playing the largest Wurlitzer organ in the world. In the family-style dining area, 43 foot ceilings enhance the acoustics for the organ. The console rests on an 8000 pound rotating hydraulic elevator. The organist plays popular favorites and takes requests. The most appreciative audiences are generally over 60 or under 10 years old, but all ages visit.
Did I think it was great pizza? Not really. Still, I've never seen a location that wasn't busy, so I'm sure it's me and not them. They offer whole grain wheat pizza crust. More than ten locations in the Phoenix area.
Yes, I know that California Pizza Kitchen is a chain. Locally, you can find them in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler and Mesa. I've eaten there a few times. The menu is large with nice variety of non-pizza, non-Italian items in case not everyone in your group likes pizza. Also, if you like unusual pizzas, like Mango Tandoori Chicken Pizza, Shrimp Scampi Pizza or Hawaiian Pizza, you'll be happy here. They have several non-meat selections, too.