As it does 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 past year, and wouldn't you know, two of Arizona's own made the cut -- including one longtime fave in a new spot.
According to Eater, Pizzeria Bianco (the 20th Street location at Town and Country Shopping Center) is oh so hot right now.
See also: Marco Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco on Heirloom Wheat and What Makes Great Bread We have to admit, we like the pick since we also gave Pizzeria Bianco, the other half to Bianco's Italian restaurant called Trattoria Bianco, an award for Best Gourmet Pizza this year. Eater justifies the choice by saying, "the pies in the new location 'are indeed amazing' and the menu here even includes rotating specials."
Add to that the fact that the legendary pizza man himself is going to be back in action, and it really is a recipe for ultimate hotness. As of last week, we found out that Chris Bianco is already back in front the oven at both Pizzeria Bianco locations thanks to a new medication. It's been years since this combination of allergies, asthma and flour made him give up doing what he loved.
"This is not a Bianco-returns story," Bianco told Chow Bella, "just life moving forward and I'm grateful. Most of all, I missed the people and connecting with people through food -- it's all I know."
Other über-hot pizzerias include Faloria, located in Tucson. The restaurant serves "Neapolitan-style pies such as the margherita, bianca, uovo, and more out of a brick oven" and also made Eater's Tucson Heatmap earlier this summer.