10Best Places in Phoenix for Pizza Nirvana

Phoenix may not be New York or Chicago, but this desert metropolis has more than its share of great pizza parlors, including one restaurant whose pies were famously dubbed "the best pizza in America."

Specialty pies can be found at La Grande Orange, a hip pizzeria and cafe in the picturesque Arcadia neighborhood. Hand-crafted pies are made from locally sourced ingredients and a wide selection of gourmet cheeses, meats, and fresh veggies.

The Parlor in central Phoenix has made an appearance on the Food Network's list of the top 50 pizzas in America, and it's not hard to see why. The award-winning wood-fired pizza at this charming cafe features the delectable house blend cheese and gourmet toppings such as figs, goat cheese, and even house made lamb sausage.

If you are craving great ambiance with your pie, head to Cibo, a central Phoenix restaurant housed in a historic bungalow. The romantic lighting and shady outdoor patio are the perfect complement to the artisanal pizza, hand-tossed by Chef Guido Saccone.

And just where in Phoenix can you find the "best pizza in America"? Follow the crowds to Pizzeria Bianco in downtown Phoenix, where chef Chris Bianco's celebrated wood-fired, hand-crafted pies draw foodies from across the country.


Base Pizzeria is all about organic ingredients, which is what you'll find topping most of the pizzas at this health-conscious pizza joint in Phoenix's swanky Biltmore neighborhood. Sure, that may not sound entirely promising, but trust us, the...  Read More

Federal Pizza brings midcentury style and flair to the downtown Phoenix dining scene. The restaurant is housed in a restored 50s-era First Federal Bank building. The digs and ambiance are casually upscale and stylish, but the real draw here is...  Read More

La Grande Orange Grocery and Pizzeria is one of Phoenix's most popular grocery, cafe, breakfast bar and pizzeria. The pizzas here are sumptuous and unique, hand-crafted with the freshest ingredients available. Try "The Fallen Angel," made with...  Read More

This north Phoenix pizza eatery happens to dish out some of the city's best specialty pizza pies. One of the most popular pies is the Spicy Butcher, which is heavy on meat (sausage and pepperoni), with a spicy kick to boot, courtesy of...  Read More

Fired Pie, as the name suggests, dishes out wood-fired pizza with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and good value. The stylish fast casual restaurant (with several locations in Phoenix and a new location in Tucson) offers specialty pies like the...  Read More

The Parlor is central Phoenix's hip, homegrown pizzeria. Pizza simply doesn't get more gourmet than this. Try the Fig & Capicollo pie, made with red wine poached figs, fig jam, capicollo, dolce verde gorgonzola, arugula and lemon. The Duck...  Read More

Nook evokes images of a cozy place to sit back and relax with a hearty plate of comfort food. Fortunately, that's exactly what you'll find at this Arcadia eatery, tucked away in the Gas Light shopping center. The menu has everything from light...  Read More

This Central Phoenix urban pizzeria is situated in a restored 1913 bungalow, making it the perfect backdrop for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner. Exposed brick, hardwood floors, authentic stained glass windows and a working fireplace means...  Read More

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana
Photo courtesy of Pomo Scottsdale

Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana is one of a handful of Arizona certified "Verace Pizza Napoletana" from the VPN association based in Napoli, Italy. The pizzeria prides itself on creating authentic pizza creations using the same methods that have been...  Read More

Pizzeria Bianco

Chris Bianco's celebrated pizza evokes memories of Naples. A wood-fired brick oven and a passion for quality make Bianco's traditional Neapolitan pizza crust a work of art. The restaurant was famously short-listed by New York critics as one of...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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