October 29th, 2015
I had plans to head out to Arizona for the weekend, so we decided that we would start our quest by visiting Pizzeria Bianco, which is located in downtown Phoenix. After a long flight into town, I was grateful that we had pizza on the agenda for dinner. Somehow, pizza just hits the spot after a long day of travel.
I persuaded Tess to join me here, although she didn’t need too much convincing. We decided on the Biancoverde (ricotta, arugula, mozzerella, parmesean) and a traditional margherita. The restaurant started out in a little grocery store in 1988, but has now expanded and has three locations around Arizona. It has been named the best pizza in the US in years past – in the NYT and Food & Wine. I had high expectations, as it was also highly ranked on the Daily Meal list.
Being the first pizza place to be officially taste-tested from the list, I didn’t have anything to (officially) compare this to. The crust was nice and chewy, and the flavors of the Biancoverde were just perfect. I can’t say that the crust held up well in the center, though, and it sagged a bit under the cheese and toppings.
The atmosphere at Pizzeria Bianco was really cozy. We got there pretty late into the evening, but it was still packed. Apparently, the usual wait time to be seated is 2-3 hours, but we luckily got in and had a table right away. It looked to have a beautiful outdoor seating area, but it had just rained when we got there, so it was unfortunately closed.
Eric is still sad that he missed this one! I would have tried to bring him home a piece, but I don’t think pizza flies very well. Besides, we didn’t have any leftovers!
623 E. Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004