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The Best Pizza in Phoenix at Pizzeria Bianco

See why we detoured to Phoenix to check out the pies at Pizzeria Bianco. Rumored to be the best pizza in Phoenix and perhaps the entire country, Pizza Bianca has an illustrious reputation among pizza fans.

The Best Pizza in Phoenix at Pizzeria Bianco

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As full-time culinary travelers, we’re not surprised to get asked the following questions – “what’s your favorite country?” and “what’s your favorite food?”

The first question is impossible to answer since we’ve loved different aspects of every country that we’ve visited so far. The second question is easier.

Though we have deep love for Asian soups like pho and ramen, they’re not our favorite, Mindi’s absolute favorite food is pizza. (Daryl doubts that sentiment but Mindi is 100% sure.) We’re not talking about fast food pizza (though we’ll gladly eat that in a pinch) with parmesan cheese and pepperoni.

We’re talking about traditional Neopolitan pizza baked in a wood-fired brick oven. We could eat this kind of pizza every day, which is what we did for four weeks while living in Naples in our ultimate pizza mission. In fact, we ate enough pizza to write a Naples pizza guide during our month in Italy before we ate the best pizza in the world at Pepe in Grani.

Until twenty or so years ago, it was almost impossible to get authentic Neopolitan pizza in the United States. Sure, people could gorge on deep dish pizza in Chicago and loaded slices in New York City, but it wasn’t so easy to find the classic pies that are the norm in Napoli.

Luckily for pizza lovers like us, things have changed since those dark 20th century days. Fast forward to the present and it’s hard to find a major American city that doesn’t have at least one pizzeria serving traditional Neopolitan pizza. That being said, Phoenix is the American city that gets credit for helping to start this trend with the opening of Chris Bianco’s eponymous pizzeria in 1994.

Our Experience at Pizzeria Bianco

Wanting to find out for ourselves if Pizzeria Bianco is the best pizza in Phoenix, if not the country, we detoured to Phoenix on our way from Austin to Las Vegas. Other than checking out the best Phoenix hotels, our only Phoenix research was about the pizza at Pizzeria Bianco. Thanks to an unexpected hail storm, we raced to Phoenix’s Heritage Square neighborhood to arrive just in time for a leisurely late-night dinner.

Pro Tip
Arrive early or late to avoid long lines at Pizzeria Bianco. Since we arrived on the later side, we missed the crowds and were seated right away.

Antipasti

Spiedini at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix Arizona
Served over a bed of lettuce and featuring Proscuitto and Fontina Cheese, the Spiedini starter showcases the quality of the ingredients at Pizzeria Bianco.

Although we visited Phoenix specifically to eat pizza, we started our meal by sharing a Spiedini. This starter involves organic Prosciutto wrapped around gooey Fontina cheese and served over arugula. We thoroughly enjoyed the Spiedini, but we were anxious to try the pizza.

Pizza

Margherita Pizza at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix Arizona
The basil leaves may look a bit rough, but this Margherita Pizza transported us back to Naples Italy.

We couldn’t decide on just one pizza for the main event, so we ordered two. We had to order a Margherita pie since we always like to eat a Margherita pie as a barometer of pizza greatness.

This deceptively simple pizza with just three ingredients (tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil) provides the perfect vehicle for measuring the suppleness of a pie’s crusty foundation, the flavor and freshness of its tomato sauce and the herbaceousness of its leafy basil.

Wiseguy Pizza at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix Arizona
The Wiseguy Pizza is a must-order at Pizzeria Bianco. This pie is loaded topped with Fennel Sausage, Wood-Roasted Onions and House Smoked Mozzarella.

In addition to the Margherita, we ordered a Wiseguy pizza with freshly made, exquisitely flavored Fennel Sausage, Wood-Roasted Onions and House Smoked Mozzarella. The meat-dominated pie provided an earthy protein-packed yin to the fresh Margherita pie’s yang.

These two pies demonstrated Bianco’s attention to detail, his local sourcing of amazing ingredients and his ability to create caramelized crusts with remarkable chew, crispy crunch and savory, wheaty flavor. A former James Beard award winner, Bianco clearly knows his way around the pizza oven.

Dessert

Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding at Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix Arizona
Be sure to save room for the Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding. This dessert is a winner.

Though we were full after our pizza party for two, we somehow found room to share a dessert. Light and creamy, the Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding was the perfect ending to a beautiful night of pizza perfection.

Pro Tip
Go stargazing in Phoenix after your dinner at Pizzeria Bianco. Arizona’s capital city offers some of the best stargazing spots in the entire country.

Is Pizzeria Bianco the Best Pizza in Phoenix?

True confession – the pizza at Pizzeria Bianco is the only pizza we ate in Phoenix. We just didn’t have enough time to check out more Phoenix pizza restaurants.

However, we enjoyed our meal so much that we feel comfortable declaring these pies to be the best pizza not only in Phoenix but in the entire country! Yes, we said it. We consider Pizzeria Bianco to be the best pizza in America.

Bonus – Awesome Donuts and Fried Chicken in Phoenix

In addition to loving pizza, we’re also self-proclaimed donut experts. If you have any doubt about this claim, check out the many donut photos from all over the US on our Instagram account.

Wanting to try donuts in Phoenix before hitting the road, we hit up Welcome Chicken and Donuts and tried two varieties: the Red Wine + Chocolate Pudding Donut and the Cream Cheese + Tangerine Marmalade Donut. As crazy as these descriptions sound, the combinations were on point with bright flavors that counteracted the richness of the fatty doughy pastries.

After scarfing the donuts and then sharing a piece of fried chicken for “research” purposes, we can highly recommend this donut and chicken oasis as the perfect stop on the way out of town before driving to the Grand Canyon or some other Arizona destination.

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Pizzeria Bianco has multiple locations. We ate at the pizzeria located at 623 E Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA.

Welcome Chicken and Donuts is located at 1535 E Buckeye Road, Phoenix, AZ 85034, USA.

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About the Authors
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Nancy Iannuzzi

Sunday 7th of May 2017

There are two Pizzeria Bianco locations in Phoenix. The second is at 20th St and Camelback at Town & Country Shopping center. Wait times are not as long. Yes their Pizza is out of this world, but for order out Friday night pizza, we love Ray's. Also originally from back east it's like going back home to New Jersey for us.

Ryan Biddulph

Thursday 4th of May 2017

Everything looks beyond delicious guys. Yum! As good as the pizza was I'd even dive into that pudding first. Nothing like a tasty, satiating bowl of homemade pudding.

Ryan

Rosana

Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

First of all, nice to meet you this lunchtime. The Pizza looks very tasty , never been to Phoenix, another one for the long list. R

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Friday 5th of May 2017

It was great to meet you too! And, yes, you should add Phoenix to your travel list.

Jaime

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

Pizzeria Bianco is wonderful but I am elated you visited Welcome Chicken and Donuts! It's my FAVORITE place in Phoenix. Their chicken is out of this world. Which sauce did you get? Their donuts tho.... whooooooo

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

After eating donuts all over the US, we totally agree with you about Welcome Chicken and Donuts. While there, we tried the Korean Chili BBQ sauce, which reminded us of our favorite local donut shop, Federal Donuts in Philadelphia (a shop you must try if you travel to Philly).

Kavey

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

I'm exactly the same - I often order a margherita as a test of how good the pizzeria is and for a meaty one I looove a good quality Italian fennel sausage as a topping.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Tuesday 2nd of May 2017

The simplicity of the Margherita is the essence of a great pizza experience. All elements like sauce, basil and crust are exposed. The pizzaiolo can't hide anything.