First Taste

Giant Rustic Pizza's Second Location in Arcadia Doesn't Measure Up

Somewhere along the way, Phoenix became a pizza town. New York has its thin crust and Chicago's got deep dish, but authentic, locally sourced Neapolitan-style pizza has become a readily available staple in the Phoenix dining world. There's Pizzeria Bianco, of course, but others, like Nook, Cibo, Pomo, and The Parlor have contributed to making the Valley a pizza lover's paradise. That's exactly why when Giant Rustic Pizza opened in Arcadia, it had some pretty intimidating footsteps to follow.

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
Contact: Heather Hoch