I just returned from a 10-day jaunt in New York. Though my main objective was to visit family throughout the state, I certainly couldn’t visit my home state without digging into NY’s amazing fare, namely pizza (and salt bagels, street vendor pretzels, Serendipity sundaes, Magnolia cupcakes…).
To commemorate my trip and the yummy slices I indulged in during my time away, here are a few of the top pizza joints right here in the Valley:
Pizzeria Bianco Not only are Chris Bianco’s pies the best in the state, they have also been called the best in the nation. Though you’ll wait a good two hours for a table in the tiny Phoenix eatery (and that’s on a week night!), you’ll be rewarded handsomely with Bianco’s other-wordly slices. I adore the traditional and fabulously fresh margherita pizza, as well as the Biancoverde, topped with spicy arugula. The Wiseguy, with fennel sausage, is a top choice among meat lovers. Heck, even Martha Stewart is a fan. 623 E Adams St., Phoenix, 602.258.8300. www.pizzeriabianco.com.
Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria Grimaldi’s pizzeria is one of my favorite spots to bring family and friends for top-notch slices: It’s family-friendly, affordable and there are several convenient Valley locations. And no matter how many pizzas I’ve devoured at Grimaldi’s, its slightly sweet tomato sauce never ceases to amaze me. The pesto pizzas and straightforward house salad are also tops. Several Valley locations. http://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/.
La Grande Orange Pizzeria Phoenix’s LGO is always on the minds of Valley pizza lovers. (And LGO’s pizza-sliced orange logo might just be my favorite logo ever.) The Gladiator pizza with sausage and pepperoni is fitting for any beefcake while the Mushroom Party pizza (with three types of mushrooms) will satisfy veggie types. And the Cali-inspired Avocado pizza, with avocados, lemon zest, tomatoes and basil, is fresh and fab. Best of all? Curbside service is available. 4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, 602.840.7777. http://www.lagrandeorangepizzeria.com/.
Humble Pie Need variety? Get to Humble Pie pronto. Humble Pie dishes up incredibly unique pies that feature everything from pistachios and eggs to pears and pesto. The Sicilian sausage pizza is a favorite. Hilton Village in Scottsdale, 480.556.9900, Desert Ridge in Phoenix, 480.502.2121. http://www.humblepieusa.com/.
Cibo If you don’t want to wait it out for dinner at Pizzeria Bianco, Cibo, in Phoenix, the next best thing. Start with the pear salad and move onto Salmone (a white pizza that features salmon and basil) and Capricciosa topped with prosciutto, olives, artichokes and mushrooms. 603. N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, 602.441.2697. http://www.cibophoenix.com/.