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    September 12, 2014

    5 Places to Eat on Long Island, N.Y.

    This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season winding down, we bring you one last Food Tour.

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    August 6, 2014

    Pizza a Metro in Phoenix Opens Second Location in Gilbert

    For years Pizza a Metro on the city's west side has been an out of the way but favorite spot for wood-fired pizzas and scratch-made Italian specialties. The restaurant, formerly owned by Maurizio Benforte, is known for its meter-long pizzas -- in fact, that's where the restaurant gets its name, whic ... More >>

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    May 27, 2014

    Pomo Pizza vs. La Piazza Locale: Downtown Phoenix Neapolitan Pizza Battle

    You might not realize it, but downtown Phoenix has a whole lot of pizza options. There's Pizzeria Bianco, Cibo, and as of last year, two different restaurants specializing specifically in Neapolitan-style pizzas. And crazily enough, they're both located on First Street. Pomo Pizzeria comes to down ... More >>

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    May 21, 2014

    Classic Italian Pizza is Now Open in Tempe

    Classic Italian Pizza owner Azhar Began is fond of saying, "Life is too short to eat bad pizza." A true statement that made it all the more sad when his Tempe restaurant closed its doors in 2013. But now, just over a year later, Began and his wood fired pizzas are back -- this time at 6428 South M ... More >>

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    April 18, 2014

    Domino's New Chicken Crust Pizza Accepts Its Inevitable Failure

    Do you know what we think every time we go to upscale pizza joint like Pomo and Pizzeria Bianco? "Man, we wish this pizza crust was actually made of breaded chicken." Not. But Domino's went ahead with the idea of replacing its dough, which is definitely passable anyway, with some sort of chicken ... More >>

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    March 27, 2014

    Il Capo Pizzeria in Scottsdale: Pizza by the Slice, Handmade Pasta

    The next time you go catch a flick at the Harkins Shea 14, you'll have a new dinner option besides the infamous Amy's Baking Company. Restaurant folks Angela and Mario Rana have brought handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas, and other Italian specialities to the strip mall on the northwest corner of 74 ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Justice Antonin Scalia "Rules" That Deep Dish Pizza Isn't Real Pizza

    For some reason, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has decided to put his official opinion on the books about pizza, and it isn't sitting well with folks in the Windy City. The conservative judge apparently carries both his New York ties and strict views over to pizza and decided that deep dish s ... More >>

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    November 29, 2013

    8 Best Neighborhood Pizzerias in Metro Phoenix

    There's nothing better than a pizza after days of stuffing yourself with Thanksgiving dinner and leftovers. You're in luck, because Chow Bella spent the past year scouring the Valley to find the best pizzerias. Here's a list worth saving for when you need a great pizza, no matter where you are in ... More >>

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    October 17, 2013

    Pizzeria Bianco Is One of The Nation's Hottest Pizzerias Right Now, According to Eater

    As they do every so often, national food blog Eater has assembled a list of the 24 hottest pizzerias in the country right now. The pizza restaurants must have opened in the last year and wouldn't you know, two of Arizona's own made the cut -- including one long-time fave in a new spot. According to ... More >>

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    September 18, 2013

    Former Country Club Chefs Opening Wood-Fired Pizza Joint in Chandler

    What do chefs do when they're ready to leave the world of country club cuisine behind? Make pizza, of course. At least that's the path chefs Marshall Reichert (Cottonwood Country Club) and Tyler Anderson (Palo Verde Country Club) decided to take. The duo plans to open H&H City Pizza (the name a nod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    Fired Pie: Custom Pizza and the Pookie

    Last week, we got to tell you about a brand new pizza joint, Fired Pie. Quick version: Some guys who worked together at California Pizza Kitchen and Oregano's got together to create their own quick-service pizza place. Since I'm the Guilty Pleasures guy, I had to make a beeline for it the moment our ... More >>

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    June 5, 2013

    Cibo in Downtown Phoenix Has a New Happy Hour Menu

    Cibo Urban Wine Cafe and Pizzeria's new happy hour menu has given lovers of Italian food another reason to head to downtown Phoenix. See also: - Scottsdale's Pomo Pizzeria Moving to Downtown Phoenix - Quiessence Chef Greg LaPrad Leaving the Farm at South Mountain for Sonoita

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Scottsdale's Pomo Pizzeria Moving to Downtown Phoenix

    Pizzeria Bianco and Cibo may be downtown's mainstays for top-notch pies, but on Tuesday, May 28, another pizza powerhouse will enter the ring: Pomo Pizzeria. See also: - Sam Fox's New Seafood Spot, Little Cleo's, Opens at The Yard in North Central Phoenix - Jobot Owner John Sagasta Opening Ice Crea ... More >>

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    May 6, 2013

    Pomo Pizzeria Heading to New Home in Scottsdale

    In a couple of weeks, fans of Pomo Pizzeria, the stylish Scottsdale spot serving certified authentic Neapolitan pizza (complete with a stamp of approval from the Italian trade group Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana), will need to travel north to score their favorite artisan pies. See also: - Lam ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Chris Bianco on Jamie Oliver, the Local Chefs He Most Admires, and What Makes an Awesome Pizza Awesome

    Chris Bianco Pizzeria Bianco, Bar Bianco 623 E. Adams Street, Phoenix, 602-258-8300; 609 E. Adams St., 602-528-3699 Pizzeria Bianco/ Trattoria Bianco 4743 N. 20th Street (Town & Country), Phoenix, 602-368-3273 Pane Bianco 4404 N.Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602-234-2100, See also: -- ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Chris Bianco Opens Full-Blown Pizzeria Bianco at Town & Country; Italian Restaurant Moves to Back Dining Room and Morphs to Trattoria Bianco

    It may have gotten off to a rocky start, but Chris Bianco's Italian Restaurant has been earning rave reviews from local foodists for many months now. Problem was: Only hardcore food folks made the connection between the generic name and the famous pizza guy behind it. See also: -- Chris Bianco To O ... More >>

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    April 12, 2013

    Downtown's Cibo Now Making Its Awesome Pizzas Available Pretty Much Anytime

    Snagging a stellar pie from Cibo's, the too-cute wine cafe and pizzeria in downtown Phoenix, used to be a dinner-only affair. Not anymore. See also: - Lamp's Wood-Fired Pizzas Shine in North Scottsdale - Giant 20-Inch Artisan Pizzas Coming to North Scottsdale Last week, chef, owner, and Italian p ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013
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    March 4, 2013

    11 Best Pizza Spots in Metro Phoenix

    As a restaurant town, Phoenix still gets a bum rap: too many chains, too few ethnic, no restaurant-rich urban core, and no famous equivalent to Philly's cheesesteak or Chicago's hot dog to call our own. But there's one thing we do have in abundance, and it's great pizza. Seriously, we are a first-ra ... More >>

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    February 26, 2013

    Classic Italian Pizza in Tempe Is Closed -- Temporarily, We Hope

    Chef-owner Azhar Began of Classic Italian Pizza in Tempe likes to say, "Life is too short to eat bad pizza." So true. And apparently, life is too short to make good pizza in a bad location. See also: Best of Phoenix 2012: Best Neighborhood Pizza, Tempe -- Classic Italian Pizza Would that he'd fi ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Chris Bianco Writing Pizza Cookbook with Local-Food Movement Guru Gary Nabhan

    See also: Pizzeria Bianco Makes Food & WIne's 25 Best Spots for Pizza in America See also: Behind the Design of Pizzeria Bianco, Italian Restaurant and Pane Bianco with Chris Bianco Word's been out for a while that Chris Bianco's writing a book -- but Chow Bella just got the scoop on his co-author: ... More >>

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    April 16, 2012

    Pizzeria Bianco Makes Food & Wine's 25 Best Spots for Pizza in America

    Pizzeria Bianco, celebrated pie master Chris Bianco's award-winning Heritage Square eatery, continues to secure its place in history as a pilgrimage-worthy destination with a nod from Food & Wine magazine as one of its 25 best pizza spots in the U.S. Chosen from new and established pizza places fro ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Ten Favorite Gourmet Pizza Shops in the Valley

    Since pizza -- a basic dish associated with Naples but not exclusively so -- was taken to America by Italian emigrants, shops selling the flat disks topped with goodness have popped up on nearly every street corner. And since most folks have a cherished neighborhood hangout that offers up simple a ... More >>

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    January 2, 2012

    Pizzeria Bianco Named One of 20 Favorite Pizza Spots Around the U.S.

    ​Just barely into the New Year and pie master Chris Bianco's Pizzeria Bianco has received a saucy seal of approval from Food Republic, the site for "men who want to eat and drink well, and to live smart." Named as one of the 20 favorite pizza spots in the country, and alongside other winners ... More >>

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    November 1, 2011

    In Season: Pizza-Oven-Style Pizza with Fresh Tomato Sauce and Topped with Arugula Salad

    Jennifer Woods​Lately, in this In Season series, we're taking a look at what I take home from Crooked Sky Farms each week and see what I've done with my CSA share, or part share. This week I'm making a fresh pizza sauce with a tomato and topping it with dressed arugula.

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    June 10, 2011

    This Week In Chow Bella

    Another week has come and gone leaving us to ponder the upcoming events that will shape our lives and, more importantly, our dinners out. But before we move on, let's have one last look at the blog posts from this week. Lunch at Pizzeria Bianco: Same Great Pizza, Much Shorter Wait Chef Beau MacMil ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    Pie Fight: Pizza a Metro vs. La Piazza al Forno

    Sauce. Cheese. Dough. Pizza-making might seem like a simple endeavor, but there are  dozens of factors that go into determining what makes a quality pie. Most are personal preference: wood fired versus oven baked; thin crust or deep dish. Hand tossing, sauce consistency and type of cheese also ... More >>

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    January 4, 2011

    Chris Bianco Buys Out Business Partner in Pizzeria Bianco

    Pizzeria Bianco co-owner Susan Pool has parted ways with the restaurant.​After a 16-year business partnership, James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco is parting ways with Susan Pool, who's been a front-of-the-house fixture at the popular downtown eatery. "I'm taking over the ownership ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    In the (Cal)Zone: Getting Sauced at Queen's Pizza and Boulders on Broadway

    Every city has a certain type of cuisine it's known for. In New York, there's a pizza place on every corner. Memphis and Kansas City have great BBQ joints. In Phoenix, it's Mexican food. While finding a late-night burrito or enchilada in this town is a piece of cake (tres leches, of course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Guido Saccone of Cibo Urban Wine Cafe & Pizzeria, Part Two

    that makes his heart melt and his appetite roar. "Pasta's something I really have passion for," Saccone says. "That's what I eat every day, sometimes twice a day. I tell my wife it's going to kill me."

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    November 4, 2010
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    November 2, 2010

    Gasper Manno of Gasper's Casual Italian Dining/Pizzeria

    Gasper Manno is an Italian born and raised and New York pizzeria trained pizza man. Manno has lived and breathed pizza since his childhood in Sicily when his mom topped leftover bread dough with tomato, parmasen and anchioves to his days tossing pies for the very particular New York crowd. Now, he p ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Amaro Pizzeria In Photos

    Timur GuseynovCedar plank pork chop.​Cave Creek's got a new pizzeria. That's about all we needed to know to put the pedal to the metal and drive out to Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge. What was waiting for us? How about wood-fired pizzas, more pasta than a marathon runner can carbo-load, and a love ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    New in Cave Creek: Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge

    Pizza and wine: Two great tastes that go great together. That's the concept from two hospitality pros --alumni from Kazimierz World Wine Bar and Estate House -- who are making their mark on the dining scene in the North Valley with the opening of their new restaurant, Amaro Pizzeria & Vino ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Why Your Pizza Delivery Guy Hates You

    Jasmine HobeheidarWhaddaya mean "no tip?"​ They work hard to deliver hot, cheesy goodness to your front door and expect only a paltry tip in return. They are pizza guys and their stories deserve to be heard. The following is the tale as told to me by such a pizza guy. Should he attach his name to ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Gasper's Pizzeria Taking Over Old Zest Location

    ​After sitting vacant for the last year and a half, the building that last housed Zest Spirited Dining (4117 N. 16th St., north of Indian School) will soon become Gasper's Pizzeria, an Italian restaurant specializing in traditional Neapolitan-style pizza, and rustic southern Italian cuis ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Carnivore Central: Battle of the Meat Lover's Pizza, aka "The Meatzza"

    Vegetarians, beware! We're getting down and dirty with all kinds of meat products this week, from glorious bacon to Italian beef to pepperoni. So stop reading now if you consider tofu "the other white meat."   Pizza's really the perfect food. Everyone loves it, even picky kids who'd rather ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Beyond Bianco: 6 More Favorite Valley Pizza Spots

    The wood-fired pies at Cibo are among the best in town. ​I'm a fan and regular reader of Sunset Magazine, with its timely mix of food, travel, and living articles, as well as it good-looking layout. Flipping through its pages and spotting region-specific gardening advice and profiles of bel ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009
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    November 19, 2009

    Cafe: Tommy V's Osteria Pizzeria

    ​When out-of-state friends come to visit, they're surprised and amazed when we take them out for Pizza. "Pizza?" they say, "In the desert?" Absolutely. Everyone knows Bianco's has great pizza, but this week's cafe column has us jonesin' for a new spin on pizza pie. Food Critic Michele Laudig ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Aiello's Back Door Pizzeria Serves Up NY-Style Pies

    Joe and Myrah Aiello just dropped a line to say that they've finally launched their "back door pizzeria," a takeout-only pizza biz that they're literally doing from the back of their Italian restaurant on Central Avenue. There are 16 different toppings available on New York-style and Sicilian pizza ... More >>

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    April 14, 2009

    Big Feature on Chris Bianco in Martha Stewart Living

    Got a craving for Pizzeria Bianco lately? Better get yourself down there asap -- like, probably tonight -- before too many people start cracking open their brand-new copies of Martha Stewart Living. The place is notorious for its wait, but I'm betting it will soon be even longer. Phoenix's cele ... More >>

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    July 17, 2008
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    June 18, 2008

    Pizzeria Bianco gets another slice of Media Pie

    By Jonathan McNamara Pizzeria Bianco's not just making great pizza, it's making headlines...again. It seems pizza-obsessed Slice America blogger Adam Kuban and his pizza-loving pal DJ Bubbles have recently discovered the Bianco magic for themselves. Read Bubbles' write-up proclaiming Pizzeria ... More >>

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    March 20, 2008
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    August 25, 2005

    Tower of Pizza

    Live and let pie

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    May 13, 2004

    Dough Boy

    Our foodie finds the top five pizza spots in town

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    April 10, 2003

    Pie vs. Pie

    Digging out of the Valley's pizza rut

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    October 1, 1998
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