Guide to 35+ pizzerias in Tucson: grab yourself a slice

Whether you're looking for an enormous slice of New York-style or a fancier slice of authentic Neapolitan pie, we've got 'em.

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 an array of options.

Below are 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.

New York-Style

Typically New York-style pizza means large slices, a light layer of tomato sauce, lots of mozzarella cheese, and a 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.

When it comes to New York-style, Tucson has plenty of it.


1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
Roman Pizza at 1702 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Roman Pizza at 1702 (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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 a rotating selection of 30 imported beers and domestic microbrews, 1702 also brews their own.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Mexicali — Chorizo, black olives, garlic, green chiles, tomato
  • The Presto — Pesto sauce, sun-dried tomatoes, red onion, artichoke hearts
  • Islanda — Pineapple, ham, green pepper, feta, garlic

For more information, visit

Arizona Pizza Company 

4955 N. Sabino Canyon Rd.

Also affiliated with Upper Crust Pizza on Grant Road, Arizona Pizza Company has just one location in Tucson now.

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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • BBQ Chicken — Red onion, mozzarella, cheddar, chicken breast,
    barbecue sauce
  • Popeye — Spinach, basil, tomato, feta, mozzarella, garlic
  • Gourmet Cheese Pizza — Mozzarella, ricotta, provolone, feta, Parmesan

For more information, visit

Broadway Pizza Cafe

4558 E. Broadway Blvd.
(Credit: Broadway Pizza Cafe)

(Credit: Broadway Pizza Cafe)

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, Broadway Pizza Cafe offers pretty good prices. For $4.50, you can get one large slice of cheese pizza and for an extra $2, you can add a topping of your choice to the slice, and a drink.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Take me back to the 70 Fungus Amongus… Shrooms baby! — Pesto, basil, roasted garlic, double mushroom, mozzarella
  • Blanco — White sauce, mozzarella, spinach, mozzarella, artichoke, caramelized onions, roasted garlic
  • BBQ Bacon — Red sauce, mozzarella, red onion, jalapeno, cheddar, smoked bacon

For more information, visit

Brooklyn Pizza Company

534 N. Fourth Ave.
Vegetable Pizza in front of solar panels at Brooklyn Pizza Company (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

Vegetable Pizza in front of solar panels at Brooklyn Pizza Company (Credit: Claire Kaufman)

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.

Pizza Toppings Offered:

  • Vegetarian — Artichoke hearts, basil, broccoli, eggplant, feta, garlic, jalapeños, mushrooms, olives, onions, peppers, pineapple, potatoes, ricotta, spinach, tomatoes
  • Meats — Anchovies, bacon, chicken, ground beef, ham, meatballs, pepperoni, sausage

For more information, visit

Dominick’s Real Italian

8330 N. Thornydale Rd.

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 carryout, and delivery. Besides the pizza, the garlic knots, and chicken marsala are the talk of the restaurant.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Dominick’s Special — Pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, meatballs, mushrooms, olives, green bell peppers, red onion, extra cheese
  • Chicken Alfredo — Chicken breast, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, red onion, homemade Alfredo sauce
  • Southwest Chicken — Chicken breast, barbecue sauce, fresh jalapeño, mozzarella, cheddar

For more information, visit

Empire Pizza & Pub

137 E. Congress St.
Elote pizza at Empire Pizza & Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Elote pizza at Empire Pizza & Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Mulberry St. — Pepperoni, Italian sausage, green pepper, onion, black olives
  • Elote — Roasted Corn, cotija, cilantro, and Chipotle mayo
  • Astoria —  pesto, Kalamata olives, onion, spinach, tomato, and feta

For more information, visit

Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heros

4500 E. Speedway Blvd. • 6996 E. 22nd St. • 50 S. Houghton Rd. • 7965 N. Oracle Rd.

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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.

Pizza Toppings Offered:

  • Vegetarian — Pineapple, mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, onions, spinach, tomatoes, pepperoncini, jalapenos, garlic, artichoke hearts, eggplant, green chile, basil pesto, feta, ricotta, provolone
  • Meats — Pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, bacon, ham, chicken breast, salami, anchovies

For more information, visit

No Anchovies

870 E. University Blvd.

No Anchovies offers a large menu, full bars on two stories, a 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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Potato Bacon — Provolone, Yukon Gold potato, cheddar, bacon, green onion
  • Basil Chicken Ricotta — Mozzarella, grilled chicken, ricotta, fresh garlic, basil
  • Teriyaki Chicken — Mozzarella, teriyaki chicken, red pepper, green onion, teriyaki sauce

For more information, visit

New York Pizza Department (NYPD)

6546 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
(Credit: New York Pizza Department)

(Credit: New York Pizza Department)

Unaffiliated with the similarly-named pizza chain, this east side favorite moved from its longtime Wilmot Road location to a space on Tanque Verde Road.

Toppings venture into adventurous territory with options such as sauerkraut, hot cherry peppers, and eggplant.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Philly Cheese Steak — steak, mushroom, onion, pepper, Swiss, American, mozzarella
  • Greek — sun-dried tomato, spinach, garlic, feta, black olive
  • Lasagna — ricotta, meatball, mozzarella

For more information, visit

PieZano’s Rustic Pizza and Wine

2921 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
(Credit: PieZano's Rustic Pizza & Wine)

(Credit: PieZano’s Rustic Pizza & Wine)

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 quality toppings.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Greek — Chicken, spinach, tomato, feta, black olives
  • Roasted Vegetable — Oven-roasted tomatoes, onions, artichoke, zucchini, olives
  • Sonoran — Roasted chicken, green chiles, jalapeños, jack cheese

For more information, visit

Serial Grillers

5975 E. Speedway Blvd. • 1970 W. River Rd. • 7585 S. Houghton Rd.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pizza at Serial Grillers (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pizza at Serial Grillers (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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 moved it’s original location into a larger space and plans to open a fourth location in the new year.

Serial Grillers also serve a mean burger and cheesesteak, but the pizzas are definitely the menu highlight, all of which are named after serial killers and thriller films — Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Copycat, and Natural Born Killers, to name a few.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • The Bone Collector — Mozzarella, provolone, cheddar, boneless chicken wings, scallions, buffalo sauce, ranch dressing
  • Red Dragon — Marinara, mozzarella, provolone, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, sausage, bacon
  • Ghostface — Ricotta, spinach, mozzarella, provolone, black olives, onions, mushrooms 

For more information, visit

Tino’s Pizza

6610 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Tino’s Original White — Mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta, pecorino romano, smoked provolone, fresh garlic and herbs, extra virgin olive oil
  • The Greek — Tomatoes, black olives, artichoke, pepperoncini, fresh garlic, feta, drizzled olive oil
  • Caprizza — Lite sauce, fresh basil, tomato, fresh garlic, mozzarella

For more information, visit

Trident Pizza Pub

446 N. Campbell Ave. Ste. 100
Sausage Bianco Pizza at Trident Pizza Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sausage Bianco Pizza at Trident Pizza Pub (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Trident Pizza Pub took over the former space of Grimaldi’s to showcase their own brick oven pizza. Although they did inherit the acrobatic pizza chef.

Keep an eye out for monthly specials such as the New Haven White Clam pizza.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Centurion — sausage, pepperoni, ham, soppressata, red sauce, house cheese
  • 007 — Impossible Burger, mushrooms, three-tomato bruschetta, bell peppers, onions, red sauce, vegan mozzarella, charred crust
  • A&P — prosciutto, arugula, fried egg, truffle oil, house cheese

For more information, visit


Deep dish

Deep dish pizza is the most famous style in 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 to avoid a wait.

Stuffed pizzas

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.

Although it isn’t a pizza-focussed restaurant, Frog & Firkin in Main Gate Square deserves a mention for their deep-dish pizza similar to Chicago-style.

Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria

2707 E. Broadway Blvd.
Deep Dish Slice at Rocco's Little Chicago (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Deep Dish Slice at Rocco’s Little Chicago (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Rocco’s has been serving Tucson for over 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 popular choice by far.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Big Bad Wolf — Pepperoni, ham, sausage, bacon
  • Kitchen Sink — Pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, mushroom, onion
  • Fungus Humongous — Grilled mixture of portabella and white mushrooms, onions, garlic

For more information, visit


Naples is proud of their pizza. And rightfully so.

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.

The following places elevate the art and authenticity of pizza. And they’re typically great spots for a more intimate experience sans TV.


222 E. Sixth St.
Pizza Bianca at Anello (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pizza Bianca at Anello (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Anello offers a beautifully minimalist environment and menu highlighting quality and seasonal ingredients. Always make sure to order the seasonal vegetable special.

While the pizzas are fantastic on their own, feel free to add some premium La Quercia prosciutto, ‘nduja salami, or local Forbes Italian sausage.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Margherita — tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, olive oil, basil
  • Bianca — fresh mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, olive oil, basil, chiltepin
  • Verde — smoked mozzarella, arugula sauce, pistachios

For more information, visit

Charred Pie

12125 N. Oracle Rd. Ste. 105
Margherita Pizza at Charred Pie

Margherita Pizza at Charred Pie (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Located next to the Century Theatre at the Oro Valley Marketplace, the restaurant features warm woods and whimsical art, bar seating and a spacious patio with a glorious view of the Pusch Ridge mountains.

Owner Reza Shapouri spent the past year and a half making pizzas in his backyard until he was fully confident with his recipe; the Neapolitan-inspired crust is charred beautifully the ingredients are clearly good quality.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Couch Potato — Yukon gold potatoes, mozzarella, over-easy egg, extra-virgin olive oil, rosemary, pecorino
  • Pepperoni — Red sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni. Add house jalapeño-infused honey for $1
  • Margherita — Red sauce, mozzarella, basil, extra-virgin olive oil

Read our September 2019 article PHOTO FEATURE: Newly opened Charred Pie serves exceptional pizza in Oro Valley.


3000 E. Broadway Blvd.
Vegan Za Zucca pizza at Falora (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Vegan Za Zucca pizza at Falora (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Cura — Soppressata, San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, Parmigiano, Kalamata olives, garlic
  • Margherita — San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, olive oil
  • Giardino —  Spinach, bell peppers, portobello mushrooms, heirloom cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, Parmigiano, oregano, chili oil

Fiamme Pizza Napoletana

4706 E. Sunrise Dr.
Pizza Bianca, Pizza Margherita, and Insalata Arugula from Fiamme Pizza Napoletana (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pizza Bianca, Pizza Margherita, and Insalata Arugula from Fiamme Pizza Napoletana (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Fiamme 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 won (again).

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Carciofi e Pesto — Pesto, artichokes, goat cheese, mozzarella
  • Capricciosa — Tomato sauce, mozzarella, sopressatta salami, artichokes, mushrooms, olives
  • Pizza Bianca —  Fennel sausage, mushroom, basil, mozzarella

For more information, visit

Pizza Luna

1101 N. Wilmot Rd.
Radicchio Caesar Salad and Bianca slice at Pizza Luna (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Radicchio Caesar Salad and Bianca slice at Pizza Luna (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Pizza Luna goes “neo-Neapolitan” with a 72-hour cold fermentation dough for a light, delicate pizza with crunch.

While their pizza is excellent, they also happen to make some of the best salads in Tucson.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Fig, Pig & Goat — Figs, pancetta, Humbolt Farm goat cheese, fior di latte, garlic, EVOO
  • Puttanesca — artichoke hearts, Greek feta, cured olives, cherry tomatoes, garlic, EVOO
  • Margherita — House-pulled fior di latte (fresh mozzarella), fresh basil, and San Marzano tomatoes

For more information, visit

Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta

4340 N. Campbell Ave., Ste. 104
Margherita Pizza at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Margherita Pizza at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Proof offers a wide variety of pizza options with countless components made from scratch in-house.

Enjoy a traditional margherita or a divisive pineapple pizza on the cozy climate-controlled patio looking over the St. Philip’s Plaza.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Pineapple — Garlic oil, crispy prosciutto, roasted pineapple, pickled jalapeños, mozzarella, ricotta, basil
  • The Union — Garlic crema, bacon, spinach, red onion, bacon vinaigrette, sunny up egg
  • Eggplant —  Pomodoro, roasted red peppers, pesto, Grana Padano, goat cheese

For more information, visit

Vero Amore

2920 N. Swan Rd. • 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd., Ste. 104
Margherita Pizza (Credit: Vero Amore)

Margherita Pizza (Credit: Vero Amore)

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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Lussuria — Tomato sauce, Genoa salumi, mozzarella, garlic, crushed red pepper
  • Ruspante — Tomato sauce, spicy chicken sausage, fire-roasted bell peppers, mozzarella
  • Mediterranean — Creamy pesto sauce, grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, Gorgonzola, mozzarella

For more information, visit


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.

Los Olivos Pizzeria

937 W. Congress St.
Los Olivos Pizza at Los Olivos Pizzeria (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Los Olivos Pizza at Los Olivos Pizzeria (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

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. Plus, if you follow their social media, they often have even better discounts.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • La Mexicana — Chorizo, bacon, jalapenos, tomato, onions
  • Los Olivos — Green olives, artichokes, fresh tomato, basil
  • Grilled Chicken Ricotta — Ricotta cheese, fresh basil

Read our updated January 2018 article Los Olivos Pizzeria is a charming hidden gem on Tucson’s west side.

Keep up with Los Olivos Pizzeria en Menlo Park on Facebook.

Other Pizza Picks

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.

Bacio Italiano 

943 E. University Blvd. Ste. 125
Firenze Pizza at Bacio Italiano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Firenze Pizza at Bacio Italiano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

“I owe my recipes to my mom Joanne Avella, pizza experts Tony Gemignani and Francisco Pinello, and lots of practice,” co-owner Andrew Avella said.

The style of the cuisine treads somewhere between Italian-American and traditional Italian. The pizza crust combines qualities of both styles.

“We achieve a hybrid Neapolitan-New York crust by using high gluten all-purpose flour and cooking it at a slightly higher temp than most pizzerias,” Avella said.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Abruzzo — Mozzarella, presto, artichoke, and mushrooms
  • Calabrese — Tomato sauce, mozzarella, proscuitto, arugula
  • Firenze — Mozzarella, spinach, garlic, red onion, mushrooms

Read our October 2019 article Bacio Italiano brings “Neapolitan-New York” cuisine to Main Gate Square.

Keep up with Bacio Italiano on Facebook.

Barro’s Pizza

5884 W. Arizona Pavilions Dr. • 410 N. Wilmot Rd., Ste. 150
Assorted food at Barro's Pizza (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Assorted food at Barro’s Pizza (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Phoenix-based pizza chain Barro’s Pizza features two Tucson locations.

The crust is available original and thin. Prices are some of the most affordable with a wide range of non-pizza options available as well.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Spicy Southwestern Chicken — chicken, spicy barbecue sauce, mozzarella, cheddar
  • White Pizza — brushed with oil, fresh garlic, Italian seasoning, Parmesan, mozzarella, ricotta, tomato
  • Kona — teriyaki sauce, chicken, pineapple, mozzarella, cheddar

For more information, visit

BZ’s Pizza & Italian Kitchen

7856 E. Wrightstown Rd.
Lunch special at BZ's Pizza (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Lunch special at BZ’s Pizza (Credit: Jackie Tran)

While pizza is in the name of east Tucson BZ’s Pizza Company, they’ve also gained a following for their craft beer selection, wings, and jalapeño poppers.

BZ’s also offers wine and classic cocktails such as the Corpse Reviver #2, which pairs well with the occasional live jazz or comedy events.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • BZ Special — Pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers
  • Hammer — Pepperoni, sausage, capicola, ham, onions, bell peppers, house-made pesto marinara
  • Sicilian — Roasted chicken, roasted bell peppers, onions, pesto sauce

Read our April 2019 article BZ’s Pizza Back Open on East Wrightstown Road After Two-Year Hiatus.

For more information, visit

Fired Pie

350 Congress St. • 2645 E. Speedway Blvd.
Fired Pie (Credit: Kris Mocny)

(Credit: Kris Mocny)

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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Hawaiian BBQ — Barbecue sauce, mozzarella, Canadian bacon, pineapple, cilantro
  • Steak & Blue — Garlic and oil, mozzarella, thin-sliced steak, roasted mushroom, peppers, onion, gorgonzola
  • Meaty Italian — Tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, salami, capicola, sausage or spicy sausage

For more information, visit

Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria

3011 E. Speedway Blvd.
Pizza at Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Pizza at Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria (Credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria is family-friendly and fast-casual. The pizzeria has fourteen beers on tap, made-from-scratch pizza recipes, and 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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Rasta — Basil, onions, pineapple, Jamaican jerk chicken
  • Fresh n’ Fantastic — Spinach, Roma tomatoes, garlic, roasted chicken & ricotta
  • Very Vegan — Vegan mozzarella, red onion, mushroom, olives, red bell pepper, Roma tomatoes, zucchini, oregano

For more information, visit

Humble Pie

2905 E. Skyline Dr. Ste. 298
Humble Pie Pizza

Photo courtesy of Humble Pie Pizza on Facebook

Arizona chain Humble Pie serves up cozy pies at their La Encantada location in the foothills.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Humble Pie Signature Sausage — Roasted fennel, house-made mozzarella
  • Organic Local Vegetable — Fontina cheese
  • Fig and Proscuitto — Fig jam, caramelized onions, goat cheese, house-made mozzarella

For more information, visit

Magpies Gourmet Pizza

605 N. Fourth Ave. • 6342 N. Oracle Rd. • 105 S. Houghton Rd.
(Credit: Magpies Gourmet Pizza)

(Credit: Magpies Gourmet Pizza)

Magpies has 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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Veggie — Mozzarella, zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, onions, green bell peppers, marinara, ricotta, black olives
  • Beast — Mozzarella, Italian sausage, bacon, ground beef, salami, pepperoni, marinara
  • Godfather — Romano, Swiss, cheddar, capicola ham, Italian sausage, Canadian bacon, mozzarella, marinara

For more information, visit

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)

101 E. Pennington St.
Arugula & Prosciutto Pizza at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink (Photo Courtesy of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink)

Arugula & Prosciutto Pizza at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink (Photo Courtesy of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink)

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 Stracciatella Cheese Toast or Brussels sprouts. Reilly also features an underground bar, Tough Luck Club, and a Beer Garden with 28 rotating tap beers and eight tap wines.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Fennel Sausage & Roasted Peppers — Sauce, mozzarella, provolone
  • Bacon & Egg — Sauce, mozzarella, fontina
  • Arugula & Prosciutto — Mozzarella, fontina, grana, black pepper

For more information, visit

Renee’s Organic Oven

7065 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Papas con Queso Pizza at Renee's Organic Oven (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Papas con Queso Pizza at Renee’s Organic Oven (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Papas Con Queso — Organic potatoes, Sonoran cream, cheddar, house-roasted green chilies, and chives
  • Shroomy Goat — Olive oil and herb crust, mushroom, arugula, caramelized onions, goat cheese
  • Vegan Crush — Red sauce, vegan pesto with pine nuts, zucchini, Kalamata olives, artichokes, broccoli, roasted peppers

For more information, visit

Sauce Pizza & Wine

6450 E. Grant Rd. • 2990 N. Campbell Ave. • 5285 E. Broadway Blvd. • 7117 N. Oracle Rd.
(Credit: Sauce Pizza & Wine)

(Credit: Sauce Pizza & Wine)

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 its affordable wine selection and variety of salads.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Wild Mushroom — Parmesan cheese, arugula, truffle oil
  • Chicken Caesar & Parmesan — Chicken caesar salad, grape tomatoes
  • Lasagna Pie — Spinach, mushrooms, ricotta, meatballs, fresh garlic

For more information, visit

Over the Counter

Multiple Locations
Over the Counter Pizza

Photo courtesy of Over the Counter on Instagram

This is one of Tucson’s newest pizza joints and food trucks. You can often catch the scent of wood-fired pizza at Tucson Hop Shop and other craft beer spots.

What makes this food truck unique is that it’s made out of an early 1950’s GMC truck bed.

For more information and to keep up with the truck’s location, visit Over the Counter on Instagram.

Sal’s Fat Slice

238 N. Fourth Ave.

Have you caught a whiff of the goodness flowing all around the Boxyard on Fourth Avenue? One of those scents is coming from Sal’s Fat Slice.

It’s the perfect combo if you’re enjoying a cocktail, beer, or simply the warm sunlight in the afternoon.

For more information, visit Sal’s Fat Slice on Facebook. 

Scordato’s Pizzeria

4911 N. Stone Ave.
Prosciutto di Parma Rotondo, Arugula, and Fresh Tomatoes Pizza at Scordato's Pizzeria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Prosciutto di Parma Rotondo, Arugula, and Fresh Tomatoes Pizza at Scordato’s Pizzeria (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Scordato’s Pizzeria, originally owned by local chef Daniel Scordato of Vivace’s fame, 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.”

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Chicken Meatballs and Ricotta Cheese — Fontina cheese, tomato sauce, fresh basil
  • Eggplant, Zucchini, and Roasted Red Pepper — Tomato sauce and trugole cheese base, pesto sauce, pecorino romano
  • Robiola, Fontina, and Mozzarella Cheese — Chopped Kalamata olives, roasted mushrooms, fresh arugula, and Grana Padano cheese

For more information, visit

Time Market

444 E. University Blvd.
Pizza from Time Market (Credit Melissa Stihl)

Pizza from Time Market (Credit Melissa Stihl)

Time Market is a mix of things — a market, restaurant, bakery, and coffee shop.

The sandwiches and salads are popular, but the wood-fired pizzas are no less worthy. Time Market utilizes premium ingredients in each of their pizzas, including Sierra Nevada goat cheese, house-made ricotta, and fresh pineapple.

Highlighted Pizzas:

  • Caramel Heart — Artichoke heart, spinach, housemade ricotta, caramelized onion, mozzarella, sea salt
  • Kale & Chevre — Organic kale, Sierra Nevada goat cheese, balsamic cherry tomatoes, shiitake, mozzarella, Grana Padano, garlic, sea salt
  • Merguez — Housemade merguez sausage, mozzarella, red sauce, fresh fennel, mint, lemon zest

Read our April 2019 article Time Market’s Exciting Pastry Program Launches this Season to find out the story behind this popular establishment.

For more information, visit

What’s your favorite pizza place in Tucson? Let us know in the comments.

[This article was originally written on February 9, 2017, and updated on January 13, 2021.]

Gloria Knott was Tucson Foodie's 2016 journalism and social media intern.