5 Valley Pizza Places to Dine For

Sometimes a good pizza just hits the spot. Luckily for us, the Valley has a lot of spots — pizza spots that is!

Grab some delicious pies at these Valley pizza joints whose local ingredients and relaxing atmospheres make them worth your hard, earned dough!

1. Federal Pizza

Federal Pizza is part of Upward Projects, a local restaurant company in Phoenix that is home to places like Churn, Joyride Taco House, Windsor and more. Federal’s specialty is wood-fired pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches. This “midcentury-meets-modern” spot is a great place to dine on local and unique ingredients. Their Big Star pizza uses Schreiner’s sausage, while the flavors of prosciutto, dates, ricotta, arugula and pecorino are combined to create the eclectic Casanova. If you’d rather eat at home, Federal has a drive-thru where you can pick up food, wine and beer to-go.

Federal Pizza, 5210 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, (602) 795-2520

2. Pizzeria Bianco

It’s hard to dine in Phoenix without hearing about the legendary Chris Bianco. In 1988, he opened up the doors of Pizzeria Bianco, and the rest is history. He has multiple locations across Phoenix and one in Downtown Tucson that serve up some of the best pizza around. Your taste buds will love the Wiseguy, which is topped with wood-roasted onion, fennel sausage and house-smoked mozzarella. The New York Times said the pizza at Bianco was “perhaps the best in America,” and with refined ingredients like wood-roasted mushrooms and sopressata, it’s easy to see why.

Pizzeria Bianco, 623 E. Adams Street, Phoenix, (602) 258-8300

3. La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar

La Bocca is the place where sophistication and taste are never hard to find. Their pizzas are hand-tossed, made-to-order and are created with locally-sourced ingredients. You can build your own pie or opt for one of the chef’s pizzas like the Truffled Mushroom, Spicy Pepperoni, Autumn Garden and more. Happy Hour is every day from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., so don’t forget to order from their exciting selection of wines to pair with your pizza.

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar, 699 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, (480) 967-5244

4. The Parlor Pizzeria

What sets Parlor Pizzeria apart from the rest is its dedication to serving only the freshest ingredients. The Parlor’s bread, pastas and pastries are handmade every day. Many of the ingredients used are also grown and harvested in off-site gardens. The Parlor isn’t afraid to try new flavors, with pizzas like the Puttanesca, which is topped with calamari, shrimp, capers, spicy tomato sauce, olives and fennel. For even more freshness, try the Market Pizza, which uses only the finest seasonal ingredients.

The Parlor Pizzeria, 1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, (602) 248-2480

5. La Piazza Al Forno

If you want pizza that tastes just like Naples, Italy, look no further than the authentic pizza at La Piazza Al Forno. Homemade mozzarella, dough and tomatoes imported from Italy are part of the mix of ingredients, which got the attention of the Food Network’s Guy Fieri who paid a visit to La Piazza Al Forno during an episode of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Go traditional and try the Regina Margherita, which is topped with San Marzano tomatoes, Mozzarella di Bufala, fresh basil and just the right amount of extra virgin olive oil.

La Piazza Al Forno, 5803 W. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, (623) 847-3301

– Jasmine Kemper, Phoenix.org