Best Neighborhood Pizzeria, Tempe - 2010
Classic Italian Pizza - CLOSED
Buried in a strip mall so deeply that you can hardly see it even when you know where to look, Classic Italian Pizza has always had an aura of mystery. It's a bit of a pain to find, sure, but can you imagine how packed this place would be if it were any more accessible? Selfishly, we're glad about it. It just means we're a little closer to instant gratification when it comes to primo wood-fired pizzas, whose thin, lightly charred crusts are both crispy and delicately chewy. Toppings steer clear of novelty and stick to tradition, although deliciously so. Try the homemade pork sausage with wood-roasted mushrooms, onions, peppers, mozzarella, and tomato sauce, or enjoy a simple combo of mozzarella, garlic, and fresh basil. They don't call it "Classic" for nothing.