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Occupying a historic 1929 building in popular Heritage Square, Pizzeria Bianco is one of the many establishments opened by celebrated chef Chris Bianco. As its name implies, the restaurant focus is pizza; with pies made with handcrafted mozzarella and topped with the finest produce from local sources. The restaurant has the classic Margherita or the slightly adventurous Rosa, made with onion, parmigiano, rosemary and AZ pistachios. The best time to visit is for lunch, because dinner service is usually crowded. If you are put on a list, head next door to Bar Bianco for a glass of wine and some crostini while you wait for your table.
If you want to experience the authentic flavors and aromas of Italy, then try the pizzas at Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana. Every ingredient has been specially selected to replicate the original thin-crust pizzas of Naples that have since spread throughout the world. Starting with a sourdough starter, ultra-fine "00" flour and Mediterranean sea salt, the pizzas are topped with authentic fior di latte mozzarella before being flash-baked in the 905°F (485°C) ovens for 60 to 90 seconds. The menu is incredibly straightforward, featuring traditional antipasti and salad courses before unveiling the numerous pizza variations in stock. For the authentic taste of Naples, make sure to order one of the three traditional pizzas that trace their roots back to 15th Century Italy. What makes this restaurant stand apart from other Italian restaurants is their method, in which the diner is sure to receive a pie in true Neapolitan style. In fact, the oven itself was transported brick-by-brick from the owner's native province of Campania.
Cibo (food in Italian) serves freshly baked hand-tossed pizzas with toppings of mozzarella, basil, garlic, smoked salmon, zucchini and more. The best in organic produce is imported so that you can taste the authentic Italian flavor. Choose a more complex preparation such as the Bresaola; a type of salad or the Pear Salad for those health conscious moments. Mini crepes with whipped cream topped with berries and Nutella make for a lovely dessert.
Federal Pizza takes is name from the building it is housed in, which is the old First Federal Bank building from the 1950s and an example of Phoenix Mid-modern design. Federal Pizza focuses its efforts around its wood-burning oven, which turns out delicious gourmet pizzas using ingredients like fresh corn, candied pecans or sweet potato in addition to more conventional ingredients like pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms. Aside from the pizzas, there is also an array of delicious pastas, salads and sandwiches. A great selection of draft and bottled beers and the great wine selection round out the offerings, and make it a great meal you're bound to want to repeat.
A no non-sense pizzeria located north of the city center, The Pizza Parlor ranks high among the city's best pizza places. The interiors with wooden-beamed ceilings and ambient lighting give a comfortable vibe to the place. The menu offers not just pizzas, but a whole list of Italian specialties. There are twelve delectable varieties of pizzas including the classics like margherita and funghi. Try one of their inventive creations like the Forager or the Calabrian. Accompanying the stellar pizzas is a choice of drinks including cocktails and wines. The garden-side patio is a charming place to enjoy your meal. Check website for more.
La Piazza Al Forno check marks an Italian love for family, good food and tradition. At this pizzeria, hand-rolled dough is covered in secret sauce, topped with hand-picked vegetables and home-made mozzarella before being sent to the wood-fired brick oven to be baked. It is only fitting then that the restaurant has been featured in publications and TV shows as being the best place for pizza in Phoenix. For more on their menu, history and reservations, do check out their website.