Why Phoenix-based Pizza Bianco was named top pizzeria in Los Angeles

Phoenix’s award-winning Pizzeria Bianco opened an outpost in LA in June 2022 and in only two months, it’s already made it onto Los Angeles Times dining critic Bill Addison’s Top 10 best new pizzas list.

Addison confesses that he fell in love with Bianco at the original location in Phoenix when the pizzeria had only been open for three years. Addison was two years out of college and traveling the country with a musician friend and they were on a six-week stop in Phoenix. Though he had limited financial resources, read about Bianco in Zagat and decided to check it out, despite feeling skeptical about a Bronx native making the best pizza in the Southwest. “I soon understood,” he wrote in an article for Eater.com.

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In June 2022, iconic Valley restaurant Pizzeria Bianco opened a location in downtown Los Angeles at 1320 E. 7th Street, #100.

The James Beard Award-winning chef has since won other food writers’ hearts, too. Notable critics like Ed Levine of Serious Eats, Jeffrey Steingarten, the food critic of Vogue and Ruth Reichl, former editor of Gourmet magazine, have sung his praise. Not to mention our own dining critic, Andi Berlin, who wrote that “The Sonny Boy made me proud to show off Phoenix pizza to my New Yorker family.”

Of the Sonny Boy, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, soppressata and Gaeta olives, and the Rosa, topped with Parmegiano Reggiano, Arizona pistachios, onions and rosemary, Addison wrote that they “taught many of us about the elegance of restraint. The ingredients never overshadowed the crisp, bready crust.”

Currently, The Pizzeria Bianco in DTLA offers pizzas in Neapolitan style, New York style and the rectangular Roman-style alla pala cut in squares, a range that Addison says “hint at Bianco’s greatness.”

Adding that once the ovens light up at night, “Los Angeles will better understand what makes [Bianco] a legend.”

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