Last modified on February 9th, 2017 at 8:59 am
With all the recent pizza buzz in Tucson (Fiamme Pizza, Anello, Pizzeria Bianco, Pizza Patrón, to name a handful), we felt it was only appropriate to round up the most popular and most hidden local pizzerias.
If you ask ten different people what their favorite local pizza joint is, you’ll likely get ten different answers.
Whether you’re looking for an enormous slice of New York-style or a fancier slice of authentic Neapolitan pie, Tucson is home to a wide array of options.
Below are 26 local pizza choices, categorized by style, in Tucson. For the most part, they’re all pizzerias or restaurants known for their pizza — not places who happen to also serve pizza.
Typically New York-style pizza means large slices, a light layer of tomato sauce, lots of mozzarella cheese, and thin crust — sometimes charred and usually hand-tossed. The crust usually has a crunch around the edge, but the pizza is soft in the middle.
Hopefully you like New York-style because Tucson has plenty of it.
Located near the University of Arizona, 1702 is a favorite among students, beer fanatics, and pizza lovers.
While 1702 is known for its pizza, it’s also known for the beer. With 46 imported beers and domestic microbrews, 1702 also brews their own.
For more information, visit 1702az.com.
Also affiliated with Upper Crust Pizza on Grant Road, Arizona Pizza Company has two locations in Tucson.
The pizza crust isn’t quite thin enough to be officially classified as New York-style, but definitely not thick enough to be deep dish. The wings are also a worthy menu option.
For more information, visit azpizzacompany.com.
Don’t be misled, the giant sign reading “PIZZA” on the building is actually Broadway Pizza Cafe and it’s delicious.
Besides the great pizza, the best thing about Broadway Pizza Cafe is the price. For only $4, you can get one large slice of cheese pizza and a drink. For $7, you can get the same deal but with two slices and a topping of your choice.
For more information, visit the Broadway Pizza Cafe Facebook Page.
Located on Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn Pizza Company was recently awarded the 2016 title for Best Pizzeria by Tucson Weekly.
Along with sister company Sky Bar, Brooklyn Pizza Company is solar-powered to better our environment and our economy.
And let’s not forget about the garlic knots — they’re talked about almost as much as the pizza.
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For more information, visit brooklynpizzacompany.com.
Dominick’s Real Italian serves Italian favorites, but the pizzas are the hit of the menu.
Dominick’s allows the option to dine-in, order online for carry out, and delivery. Besides the pizza, the garlic knots and chicken marsala are the talk of the restaurant.
For more information, visit dominicksrealitalian.com.
Located in the heart of downtown, New York-inspired Empire Pizza offers a convenient location for your night out.
And if you’re craving pizza at 2 a.m., no problem. Empire is open until 3 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday and also has late night deliveries in the works.
For more information, visit empirepizzapub.com.
Some people love it, others don’t. But one thing’s for sure — Mama’s is a Tucson essential for pizza.
The slices at Mama’s are gargantuan — that in itself is enough to differentiate them from other pizzas mentioned.
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For more information, visit mamasfamous.com.
No Anchovies recently re-opened after months of construction. The newly-renovated restaurant offers a larger menu, full bars on two stories, a new nightclub, and over 50 flat-screen televisions.
Five different pizza favorites feature chicken on top. And no, anchovies are not in the list of available toppings.
For more information, visit noanchoviespizza.com.
Located near the Winterhaven Festival of Lights, family-owned PieZano’s began serving Tucson in 2012.
Heavy New York inspiration comes through with photos of the Big Apple on the walls and intimate space.
The hand-tossed pizzas are made fresh with a slightly sweet sauce and high quality toppings.
For more information, visit piezanospizzaandwine.com.
Serial Grillers was created by two brothers who wanted to bring something different to Tucson. With a creative theme and mouthwatering food, they’ve certainly accomplished their goal. Plus, the restaurant recently expanded to a second location.
Serial Grillers also serve a mean burger and cheesesteak, but the pizza is definitely the highlight of the menu, all of which are named after serial killers and thriller films — Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Saw, Copycat, and Death Proof, to name a few.
For more information, visit serialgrillersaz.com.
Tino’s Pizza has been serving Tucson since 1984 and offers dine-in, carry-out, and delivery options.
The family-owned pizzeria serves pizza as early as 10:30 a.m. during the week. This means the menu includes pizzas with breakfast favorites as toppings, such as eggs and potatoes.
For more information, visit tinospizza.com.
Deep dish pizza is the most famous style from Chicago. The dough is pressed against a deep pan and the cheese is added first followed by toppings, and the sauce goes on top. Because a deep dish needs longer cooking time than a standard pizza, the reverse order keeps the toppings from burning. It’s also wise to call ahead if you’re avoiding a wait.
Stuffed pizzas are also common in Chicago. The dough is added to a pan followed by toppings and cheese, and then another layer of dough. Thin crust can also be found in Chicago, but unlike New York-style, the pizza crust is crispier and often cut into squares.
As an alternative option to the option below, Frog & Firkin in Main Gate Square offers deep dish pizza similar to Chicago-style.
Rocco’s has been serving Tucson for almost two decades and people could not be happier about it.
If you want authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza in Tucson, Rocco’s is the place to go. The pizzeria serves thin crust and stuffed pizzas, but the deep dish is the fan favorite by far.
For more information, visit roccoslittlechicago.com.
Naples is proud of their pizza. And rightfully so. These places elevate the art and authenticity of pizza. And they’re typically great spots for a more intimate experience sans TV.
Authentic Neapolitan pizzas abide by the rules of the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana in Italy, although not all of the Tucson establishments serving this style have received certification. By criteria of the association, Neapolitan pizza dough must be made of wheat flour, kneaded by hand, carefully measured in thickness, and baked in a wood-fired oven. Also, Neapolitan pies are usually made with imported or handmade ingredients such as fresh mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes.
Located in a small, intimate space on Broadway west of Country Club, Falora offers wood-baked pizza with a smoky and delicious flavor.
The Neapolitan pizza is baked in a wood-fired oven built by third generation oven builder Stefano Ferrara. The oven, which burns pecan wood at 700 degrees without gas, coal, or electricity, was shipped from Italy and fork-lifted into the restaurant’s kitchen.
Fiamme now has its own brick-and-mortar joint seating only a handful of guests at a time to reflect the authenticity of pizzerias in Naples, Italy.
Additionally, Fiamme bakes each of their pizzas in an imported Italian Valoriani oven with flour and tomatoes imported from Naples.
As a fun fact, owner Scott Volpe competes in the World Pizza Championships and recently placed.
For more information, visit fiammepizzatucson.com.
Vero Amore was founded by brothers Aric and Josh Mussman in 2006 when they felt Tucson was lacking in its pizza scene. Together, they opened an Italian restaurant featuring traditional Neapolitan pizzas.
They also became the first certified Neapolitan pizzeria in all of Arizona. To remain certified, Vero Amore dedicates a lot of time and care into each of their pizzas.
Rumor has it, a small speakeasy is hidden nearby.
For more information, visit veroamorepizza.com.
Differing versions of Sicilian pizza, also called the Italian tomato pie, comes from two areas — Sicily, Italy, and the less-authentic evolution in U.S. cities.
More often than not, the pizza has a thick crust and is cut into squares. Sicilian-style pizza also has more sauce, cheese, and dough than a Neapolitan pie would.
In Sicily, the pizza sauce is made with tomatoes, onions, herbs, and anchovies and is topped with bread crumbs and sometimes grated cheese. The U.S. version is usually topped with the typical tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Besides the one pizzeria listed below, New York Pizza Department on Wilmot Road and Mama’s Famous Pizza (listed above) also offer Sicilian-style, though they’re most popular for New York-style.
Located on Congress east of Grande Avenue, Los Olivos is often credited as the best pizza in west Tucson.
If the taste isn’t enough to draw you in, the price should be. The 14-inch specialty pizzas are priced as low as $10.95, but Los Olivos also offers 14-inch one-topping pizzas for $5.95. Plus, if you follow their social media, they often have even better discounts.
For more information, visit losolivospizzeria.com.
Fast-fire pizza is typically customizable and made quickly. Think Subway, but with pizza — and better.
Tucson has plenty of fast-fire options, but most are nationwide chains. The two mentioned below are local to Arizona.
With two locations in Tucson and several others throughout the state, Fired Pie was created by Doug Doyle and Fred Morgan. Fired Pie quickly became a hit in Arizona, which prompted the opening of four restaurants within only six months of being in business.
The restaurant operates with the slogan, “you inspire, we fire” and allows guests to choose their own crust, sauce, cheese, meat, veggies, and fresh herbs. Specialty pizzas are also available.
For more information, visit firedpie.com.
At Pionic Pizza, guests are able to watch their pizza being prepared and baked — all within minutes.
Pionic Pizza offers customizable pizza, salads, and pasta. The pizzeria features ten sauce options and an extensive list of toppings including sunny-side-up eggs, corn, green chiles, broccoli, pineapple, jalapeños, spinach, salami, and chorizo.
For more information, visit pionicpizza.com.
The pizzas that don’t really fit in with the rest. New York-style? Not quite. But not quite Chicago-style or Neapolitan either.
Most of these are not your standard pepperoni and cheese pizzas. The toppings and ingredients are different, innovative, and definitely creative.
While pizza is in the name for the east Tucson BZ’s Pizza Company, they’ve also gained a following for their craft beer selection, baked wings, and jalapeño poppers.
BZ’s also offers wine and classic cocktails such as the Corpse Reviver #2, which pair well with the occasional live jazz or comedy events.
For more information, visit bzpizzaco.com.
Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria is family-friendly and fast-casual. The pizzeria has fourteen beers on tap, made-from-scratch pizza recipes, and lots of vegan and gluten-free options.
Fresco is owned by couple Mat and Britnee Cable. Growing up, Mat was surrounded by his family’s gelato and Italian ice business, and he also worked for several pizzerias. His experiences led him to open a pizzeria of his own.
For more information, visit frescopizzeria.com.
Magpies offers three locations in Tucson which makes it easy for residents of all areas to enjoy the pizzeria. They’re also constantly in the running for Tucson Weekly’s Best Pizza category and if they don’t win, they’re usually a finalist.
And before you dive into your slice of pizza, Magpies serves complimentary popcorn and has a long list of starters and salads.
For more information, visit magpiespizza.com.
For a fancier slice of pizza, Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink should be among your top choices. If it’s not, try the fennel sausage pizza and you’ll change your mind.
People rave about Reilly constantly, especially with the innovative pizza choices and starters like the avocado toast or brussels sprouts. Reilly also features an underground bar and a Beer Garden with 40 rotating tap beers and eight tap wines.
For more information, visit reillypizza.com.
Renee’s isn’t just known for the pizza. The restaurant also serves sandwiches, salads, pastas, calzones, and a long list of starter dishes to get you going. Plus, they have a great happy hour.
If you couldn’t guess from the name, Renee’s Organic Oven serves organic and locally-sourced food. And for those who want an entirely organic meal, Renee’s makes it possible — just notify your server.
For more information, visit reneesorganicoven.com.
Sauce Pizza & Wine offers four Tucson locations and several others throughout Phoenix and New Mexico.
Sauce has a family-friendly atmosphere with signature pizzas or the option to build your own. Beyond pizza, Sauce is known for their affordable wine selection and wide variety of salads.
For more information, visit saucepizzaandwine.com.
Owned by iconic local chef Daniel Scordato of Vivace’s fame, Scordato’s Pizzeria offers several gourmet pizza options.
Once named Pizzeria Vivace, Scordato’s Pizzeria prepares artisan pizzas featuring crispy, charred crust on the outside and chewy goodness on the inside. Scordato’s crafts their pizza dough with the “same level of attention as great bread makers of the world.”
For more information, visit scordatospizzeria.com.
Time Market is a mix of things — a market, restaurant, bakery, and coffee shop.
The sandwiches and salads are popular at Time Market, but the wood-fired pizzas are no less worthy. Time Market utilizes premium ingredients in each of their pizzas, including Sierra Nevada goat cheese, housemade ricotta, and fresh pineapple.
For more information, visit timemarket.xyz.
What’s your favorite pizza place in Tucson? Let us know in the comments.