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8 Best Neighborhood Pizzerias in Metro Phoenix

The Casanova pizza at Federal, is one of our favorites.
The Casanova pizza at Federal, is one of our favorites.
Jackie Mercandetti

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 metro Phoenix.

Best Neighborhood Pizza, Central Phoenix: Federal Pizza

Who to bring on board when you're planning a lively new pizza joint? If you're restaurateurs Craig DeMarco and Lauren Bailey (Postino, Windsor, Joyride Taco House, as well as Federal Pizza), it's Valley master baker MJ Coe. Featuring a light and crispy outer crust with a thick, puffy edge, a slightly chewy interior, and a harmonious flavor balance of toppings, the best of Coe's 12 pizza creations might be the Casanova, a robust mix of flavors and textures courtesy of prosciutto, dates, ricotta, arugula, and Pecorino cheese. Read more here.


Traditional Neapolitan pizza is the house specialty at stylish Pomo Pizzeria.
Traditional Neapolitan pizza is the house specialty at stylish Pomo Pizzeria.
Jackie Mercandetti

Best Neighborhood Pizza, Downtown Phoenix: Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

Earlier this year, this longtime favorite in Scottsdale opened a second location in the former home of Sens Asian Tapas and Sake Bar, further strengthening downtown as a true destination for authentic gourmet pizza. Pomo's secret to success is its adherence to pizza-making guidelines set forth by the Italian trade organization Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana. Read more here.

 

Anthony Spinato placing the pizza in the conveyor oven.
Anthony Spinato placing the pizza in the conveyor oven.
Kholood Eid

Best Neighborhood Pizza, North Valley: Spinato's Pizza

Spinato's, the family-owned local of chain of pizzerias, has been flipping dough in the Valley just shy of 40 years, amassing a loyal following of fans along the way. And with good reason. Its excellent old-school Chicago-style pies are delicately crunchy, dutifully slathered with a sweet housemade sauce, and cut into squares. Read more here.


Lamp churns out red and white artisan pies that are delicate yet able to be laden with top-notch ingredients.
Lamp churns out red and white artisan pies that are delicate yet able to be laden with top-notch ingredients.
Jackie Mercandetti

Best Neighborhood Pizza, Scottsdale: Lamp Wood Oven Pizzeria

Lamp chef-owner Matt Pilato doesn't quite adhere to the strict Neapolitan pizza standard he learned at the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli Academy in San Francisco, but when the pizza's this good, who cares? Combining Neapolitan techniques with his own style, Pilato features nearly 20 varieties of red and white artisan 12-inch pies served up in a restaurant that's as casually refined as the neighborhood. Read more here.

 

Big Boy Slice with sausage and mushrooms.
Big Boy Slice with sausage and mushrooms.
Laura Hahnefeld

Best Neighborhood Pizza, Southeast Valley: Big Boy's Pizza

At Big Boy's Pizza, husband-and-wife team Dennis and Vickie Heath like their pizzas big. How big? Along with the standard 14-, 16-, and 18-inch pies, this friendly Mesa joint features a 28-inch monster nearly the size of a kiddy pool. Then there are the three-buck slices, which are more like pizzas shaped like a slice and served with their own pizza cutter. Read more here.


Best Neighborhood Pizza, South Phoenix: Amano Pizza Bistro

Everyone in South Phoenix knows Amano Bistro. It's that fun little spot with the bright yellow and red walls that used to be a realty office. South Mountain-area residents Eric and Kathy Bower have owned it for almost a decade, turning out excellent pies with crispy and chewy crusts you don't mind sharing, on the condition that you order more than one. Read more here.

 

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Best Neighborhood Pizza, Tempe: Venezia's New York Style Pizzeria

The best un-kept secret at Venezia's (besides the hero sandwiches) for the area's large population of cash-strapped college kids and underemployed recent grads is its very good handcrafted pizzas. The Montanile family, which opened the joint in 1995, serves up handcrafted pies with thin, crispy crusts, tangy homemade marinara, and 100 percent mozzarella cheese. Read more here.


The Margherita Montanara by Piazza al Forno.
The Margherita Montanara by Piazza al Forno.
Nikki Buchanan

Best Neighborhood Pizza, West Valley: La Piazza Al Forno

If soft-centered, real-deal Neopolitan pizzas are your thing, then La Piazza Al Forno in downtown Glendale (complete with a stamp of approval from the Italian trade group Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana) is your place. And by the looks of the line out the door on Friday and Saturday nights, just about everyone else's in town, too. Read more here.


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5210 N. Central Ave.
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705 N. 1st St.
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Lamp Wood Oven Pizzeria

8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Road
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480-292-8773

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Spinato's Pizza

1614 E. Bell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022

602-867-1010

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Big Boy's Pizza
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Amano Pizza Bistro

1541 E. Baseline Road
Phoenix, AZ 85042

602-305-9466

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Venezia's New York Style Pizzeria

33 E. Southern Ave.
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480-858-1660

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La Piazza Al Forno

5803 W. Glendale Ave.
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