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The Best Pizza in Phoenix at Pizzeria Bianco

In Food Travel, West by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch16 Comments

Anybody who knows us knows that we’re pizza obsessed. We discovered the best pizza in Naples Italy a few years ago, and we still can’t get enough of the Neapolitan specialty to this day. So, during our epic US road trip, we couldn’t resist detouring to Phoenix to check out the pies at Pizzeria Bianco. Rumored to be the best pizza in Phoenix and perhaps the entire country, we were curious to see if these pizzas live up to their illustrious reputation.

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Now that we’ve completed our first year 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’re for our deep love of Asian soups like pho and ramen, 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 a month while living in Naples earlier this year. 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 of 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

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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

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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.

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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 Margerita pie’s yang. Above all, 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

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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.

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 Tip – Awesome Donuts and Fried Chicken in Phoenix

In addition to loving pizza, we’re also self-proclaimed donut tasting 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.

Red Wine + Chocolate Pudding Donut

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Pizzeria Bianco is 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.

 

Pizzeria Bianco has the best pizza in Phoenix and perhaps the United States. Check out our article to see what we thought of our and what we ate. Spoiler alert - we loved it.

Comments

  1. I live in Phoenix, and I definitely agree with you — for sure best pizza in Phoenix (and one of the best I’ve had in the country)! I always love to get the Bianco Verde. You’ll have to try to visit again for more pizza flavors 🙂

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      You’re lucky to have such a great pizzeria in your hometown. As for us, we need to plan another visit so that we can try all of the other pizza flavors.

  2. Amazing! I’ve never been to Pheonix. Never thought it would be a pizza destination. I’ll have to check out when I’m there!

    1. Author

      Yes – you definitely need to add Pizza Bianco to your list when you visit Phoenix. You will love it.

  3. That is quite the detour for pizza and a bold statement agreeing with saying it is the best. With have to go one day. Love theone named Wiseguy lol

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      Chris Bianco was one of the first to bring Italy’s modern pizza culture to the US. You can taste his drive for excellence in every bite of the pizzas that arrive out of his wood burning ovens.

  4. We ate there many years ago and it was called the best pizza in USA then. I am going to guess there stature has not been downgraded. Exceptional.

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      Chris Bianco has stepped away from the day to day pizza making but still keeps a heavy hand in the management. We arrived there and the restaurant was about to close for the evening but the quality of the pizza was tremendous.

  5. 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.

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      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.

  6. 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

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      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).

  7. 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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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