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Pizzeria Bianco – Phoenix AZ

Pizzeria Bianco is a pizza restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona established in 1994 that earned very positive reviews by notable food critics. Nationally recognized for its pizzas,[1] the restaurant’s small seating capacity can lead to wait times that sometimes surprise casual patrons.[2] The restaurant features a wood burning oven and homemade mozzarella cheese used in pizzas primarily fashioned by the owner himself.

The menu is short, generally consisting of 2 appetizers, 3 salads, and 6 pizzas.[7] Pizzeria Bianco uses a wood burning oven. Since opening, Chris Bianco has made nearly every pizza himself, sometimes making 250 a night.[8] He and his staff make the mozzarella fresh each morning.[5] Bianco’s dough is made by hand,[9] and ideally he lets it ferment for 18 hours.[10] The herbs are from a garden beside the restaurant.[11] The vegetables are from the local farmer’s market.[3] In January 2010, Bianco announced that he was taking some time away from pizza making for health reasons (the wood oven and flour in the air was aggravating his asthma). However, Chris Bianco’s brother Marco will continue make the dough and for the time being Horacio Hernandez, Bianco’s assistant for 15 years, will cook the pizzas.

Pizzeria Bianco is a small (42 seat) establishment. The pizzeria only takes reservations for parties of 6–10. All other patrons are seated on a first come, first served basis, resulting in long lines and waits commonly up to four hours, which can frustrate newcomers.[2] Chris Bianco has said “it is ridiculous that it’s four hours, but it’s 23 hours to fly to Australia,” saying that some good things “just take a long time.”[2] Patrons often line up starting at 3:30pm, an hour and a half before opening time.[11] There is no take-out or delivery.

Pizzeria Bianco has been rated as the best pizza in the US by Bon Appétit,[14] the New York Times,[1] Vogue,[3] and Rachel Ray,[15] and has also been recognized by Martha Stewart,[2] Oprah,[8] GQ,[16] Gourmet[10] and was named to’s list of the Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in the U.S.[17] Chef Chris Bianco won James Beard Foundation Best Chef: Southwest for 2003 (the only pizza chef to have won a regional award)[5][18] and the restaurant received a nearly perfect Zagat score of 29 in 2000.[3] Pizzeria Bianco was featured in Peter Reinhart’s book American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza.[9] Andrew Zimmern has stated that the best pizza ever is from Pizzeria Bianco.[19][20]


623 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
602 258 8300

Phone: (602) 258-8300

Hours: Monday :: 11AM – 9PM
Tuesday – Saturday :: 11AM – 10PM
Closed Sunday

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