Move over New York. Greater Phoenix boasts some of the most celebrated pizza joints and Italian restaurants in all the nation. Foremost, is the famed Pizzeria Bianco in downtown Phoenix. Pizzeria Bianco has been rated the best pizza in the US by Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Vogue, Rachel Ray, and, drumroll….please, Oprah’s Gayle King on her “quest for the best” pizza nationwide. Opened in 1994, its signature is homemade mozzarella, fresh-as-can-be organic fixins’ from a local farmer’s market, and the roaring fire of a woodburning oven. Owner Chris Bianco, a kind of legend in Phoenix, grew up in New York, worked in a local pizza joint as a kid, and went to Italy to refine his craft. Expect a wait at this first-come, first-serve restaurant hot spot, but be assured its well worth your time.

www.PizzeriaBianco.com

You’ll also find yourself in culinary heaven at Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, with restaurant locations all over town including Scottsdale (both Old Town Scottsdale and north Scottsdale), Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix and Gilbert. But, don’t expect boring franchise food, here. The Chicago born and raised owner has brought authentic Italiano to Greater Phoenix with sizzling, mouth-watering crispy crust slices, huge servings of family-recipe pastas and what they deem “kick butt” bread on the menu…a savory, perfectly seasoned garlic bread that’s a favorite among locals and visitors, alike.

www.Oreganos.com

Nello’s is another regular haunt among local foodies, voted best “In Crust We Can Trust,” since 1984. With locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, Phoenix and Mesa, Nello’s serves some of the best pizza in town including their signature Santa Fe Pizza smothered with freshly diced tomatoes, cilantro, red onions, seasoned chicken and black beans, then garnished with sour cream and guacamole. You won’t be going back to your vacation rental with any extra slices of that flavorful pie.

www.NellosScottsdale.com

Mama Mia ranks among the best pizzerias in the Valley, too, with unique recipes and ingredient combinations, tasty, fresh sauces and a festive atmosphere. Founded in New Jersey, the Phoenix restaurant opened in 2003 and now has two Phoenix locations. Order pizza online, hang out in front of the TV in your vacation rental and enjoy!

www.MamaMiaPhoenix.com