Best pizza in America? Phoenix tops Travel and Leisure's list

Posted at 4:27 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-09 12:15:31-05

When it comes to pizza, people have their convictions and it is something you do not want to mess with.

New York-style vs. Chicago-style. Thin crust vs. deep-dish vs. stuffed crust. We won't even get into toppings.

So, where does Phoenix fall on the list?

Travel and Leisure recently published the results of its reader poll titled "These Are the Cities with America's Favorite Pizza" and Phoenix made the list.

In fact, the Grand Canyon State topped the list! (New York City did not make the top five).

T+L called the results "half fair, half fairly unexpected." Scroll down to view the complete list.

The article highlighted five Arizona pizzerias: Pizzeria Bianco, Oregano's, Cibo Urban Pizzeria, La Piazza Al Forno and Spinato's. It also mentioned the Valley's Pizza Festival, which debuted two years ago.


  1. Phoenix
  2. Detroit
  3. Buffalo, New York
  4. Chicago
  5. Providence, Rhode Island
  6. New York City, New York City
  7. Madison, Wisconsin
  8. Wilmington, North Carolina
  9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  10. Knoxville, Tennessee
  11. San Antonio, Texas
  12. Albuquerque, New Mexico
  13. Richmond, Virginia
  14. Virginia Beach, Virginia
  15. Indianapolis


Phoenix is having a pizza moment it would seem.

Last year, Lou Malnati's and Giordano's, two Chicago-based pizzerias, opened locations in the Valley. Ginos' East, another Chicago eatery, will open its pizzeria off Indian School Road later this spring.

Doughbird, the newest concept from Sam Fox's Fox Restaurant Concepts, will focus on pizza and rotisserie chicken.

The fast-casual pizza chain, Fired Pie, opened five locations in 2016. They have 18 total. Blaze Pizza, a California pizza concept, opened two last year, and a third last month.

Blast & Brew, another design-it-yourself pizza chain, announced its intent last month to enter the Phoenix market with a hopeful 10-15 locations. 

Is it enough? Too much? We'll have to wait and see, but who doesn't love pizza?