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The Best Pizza in Tucson

Updated April 2, 2024

Ready to dive into Tucson’s pizza scene? Or should we say “Tuscan?” (we shouldn’t).

From sourdough perfection at Anello to solar-powered slices at Brooklyn Pizza Company, this guide is your ticket to the tastiest slices in town. Take a tour through the best pizza in Tucson digitally — and then, of course, physically.

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The birth of a pizza at Anello (Photo by Anna Smirnova)

ANELLO

The owner of Anello makes their own sourdough. It’s the best in town. The pizza is wood-fired, thin, chewy, and so good you won’t be able to stop eating. The menu is refreshingly simple and everything is top-notch. The Bianco is a must-try.

(Photo courtesy of Arizona Pizza Company)

Arizona Pizza Company – Sabino Canyon

Arizona Pizza Co at Sabino Canyon has some of the most unique pizzas in town. Their pizza salads and BBQ pizza are top of the line, and the chef salad is to die for. If you’re a beer lover, this place has you covered with some great draft and craft beers to go with your slice.

And hey, they’ve got another location down in Vail, too!

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Firenze Pizza at Bacio Italiano (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Bacio Italiano

Bacio Italiano is your chill, no-fuss Italian spot right on University Blvd., close to the University of Arizona. Its drink game is on point, especially the wines. The pepperoni pizza is a crowd-pleaser, loaded with cheese and sporting a crispy crust. A sweet place to hang out, grab a slice, and unwind with a drink.

(Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Pizza Company)

Brooklyn Pizza Company

This spot is all about fresh, hand-tossed, solar-powered pizzas. Seriously, solar-powered! It’s right in downtown Tucson on 4th Avenue. And let’s not forget their garlic knots — absolutely to die for. Plus you can grab a slice and stargaze at Sky Bar next door. Win-win!

Pizza Lunch Special at BZ's Pizza Company (Photo by Jackie Tran)

BZ’s Italian Kitchen

As a family-owned business, BZ’s Italian Kitchen brings a warm, personal touch to its location on Tucson’s Northeast side. Established in 2009, BZ’s has received several awards for its handcrafted food and is also known for its vast collection of draft beer. Their menu features a range of delicious dishes, with highlights including Roasted Garlic and Brie, Wings with a variety of sauces, and Jalapeño Poppers wrapped in bacon.

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(Photo courtesy of Casa Marana)

Casa Marana

Casa Marana features a balanced selection of beers, wine, cocktails, and some tasty pizzas. It’s wood-fired pizza — you can see the huge oven behind the bar — and are some of our favorite pies in Marana. They also maintain an exceptionally active events calendar. Out on the patio, you can catch a sweet sunset if you time it out just right.

Margherita Pizza from Charred Pie (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Charred Pie

This Oro Valley newcomer is a pizza lover’s dream. Their wood-fired pizzas are a work of art, thanks to owner Reza’s backyard pizza-making trials. The place has a cool patio with mountain views and a quirky interior. Must-tries? The classic Margherita and the mushroom-filled Fungi Pizza.

The Snakebite Pizza at Ciao Down (Photo credit: Mark Whittaker)

Ciao Down

Paul Reyes and his pizza are now part of the Metal Arts Village familia and are set up just a few short steps from the Hop Shop’s front door. Reyes knew he had to install a proper oven in his new “culinary studio” to properly bake his more than a proper pizza, and gis search led him to one that uses propane and is custom-built in Italy.

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(Photo courtesy of Dominick's Real Italian)

Dominick’s Real Italian

This spot feels like a family dinner at your cool Italian aunt’s place. You know, the one who makes the best food and makes everyone feel at home. Their pizza? A total game-changer. It’s hot, it’s fresh, and the sauce is a bit on the sweet side, which totally works. Plus, they don’t skimp on quality for their ingredients. And hey, don’t skip their spaghetti and meatballs, or those free garlic knots they hand out – seriously good stuff​

Elote Pizza at Empire Pizza (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Empire Pizza & Pub

Empire is all about that genuine New York-style pizza, right in the heart of Tucson’s historic Congress District. Their pizzas are hand-tossed, made from scratch every day, and they’re not messing around when it comes to cheese — it’s 100% Grande Mozzarella. And check this out: they’ve got an Elote Pizza with roasted corn, cotija cheese, fresh cilantro, and chipotle mayo. Sounds weird, and tastes amazing. Plus they’re open late!

Za Zucca Pizza at Falora (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Falora

Picture this: you’re jamming to records in a super cool spot, chowing down on some of the tastiest pizza you’ve ever had. Sounds pretty epic, right? That’s Falora for you. We highly recommend the El Fauxrizo — topped with house-made vegan chorizo, plant-based mozzarella, black beans, corn, cilantro lime crema, and scallions. It’s not just the pizza that’s got people talking either. Their staff and the music are also always on point when it comes to setting a vibe.

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(Photo courtesy of Fentonelli’s Pizzeria & Bar)

Fentonelli’s Pizzeria & Bar

Fentonelli’s Pizzeria and Bar in Tucson is a must-visit for pizza enthusiasts. This spot stands out not just for its delicious pizza, but also for its vibrant salad and cocktail offerings. Plus, they’ve got this cool outdoor seating where you can chill and watch the sunset.

Fiamme Pizza (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Fiamme Pizza Napoletana

You wouldn’t expect to find authentic Italian pizza in a Tucson strip mall, but Fiamme Pizza Napoletana is full of surprises. They’re all about the real Italian deal, importing ingredients straight from Italy. The result? Pizza that’ll have you saying “Mamma mia!” in no time. You’ve gotta try their Pizza Bianca, it’s a game-changer. Definitely worth a visit, no matter how far you gotta drive!

Photo courtesy of Flora's Market Run
(Photo courtesy of Flora's Market Run)

Flora’s Market Run

Flora’s Market Run is the ultimate epicurean haven that seamlessly blends the vibrant energy of a bustling marketplace with the refined sophistication of a world-class restaurant. The wood-fired pizzas are great, too! Some of our favorites are the Italian Pepperoni, the Elote, and the Team Pineapple — a mix of pickled jalapeño, prosciutto, mozzarella, and wood-fired pineapple.

Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria (Photo by Jackie Tran)

Fresco Pizzeria & Pastaria

Fresco’s got you covered from pizza to pasta, and they’re big on catering to all diets, even vegan! Don’t skip their unique Brussels & Bacon dish, and their homemade lasagna is a game-changer. It’s a must-visit, no doubt about it​. Also, the calzones are massive!

Iron John's Brewing (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Iron John’s Brewing- Broadway

Iron John’s tasty taproom menu features specialty burgers and wood-fired pizzas — cooked to order in their specialty oven that was ordered straight from Italy. The Buffalo chicken pizza offered just the right amount of heat, and of course, there’s nothing like washing down a good meal with a super fresh pint of craft beer.

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Jaime's Pizza Kitchen (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Jaime’s Pizza Kitchen

“We’re passionate about what we do. Everything is still made from scratch,” said Gabriel Moreno, owner and chef of Jaime’s Pizza Kitchen. “Everything’s got our entire heart and soul in it, and it will continue that way as long as this brand is alive.” From their pizza and salads to their garlic knots and sauce, we can vouch for the taste of that depth of care.

 

 

 

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Locale Neighborhood Italian Restaurant

On Thursday, snag yourself a slice of pizza and a salad for $12. Locale’s slices are Roman-style pizzas, meaning they’re rectangular and a little on the crispy side. The current menu offers Country Bacon, Meatball, Pear, Pepperoni, Margherita, and Foraged pizza slices.

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Pizza spread at Los olivos (Photo credit: Taylor Noel Photography)

Los Olivos Pizzeria

For a mix of classic and off-the-beaten-path pizzas, head over to Los Olivos. Their signature pizzas like the Los Olivos Pizza and the Chicken and Ricotta Pizza are legit. They also offer a tasty range of appetizers, salads, and pastas. Plus, their Shrimp al Olivo is a crowd-pleaser.

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(Photo courtesy of Magpies Gourmet Pizza)

Magpies Gourmet Pizza

Magpies has been a Tucson go-to for over a decade, serving up top-notch gourmet pizzas. What makes them awesome? You can mix and match from a big list of ingredients to make your own specialty pizza. Standouts include ‘The Pueblo’ and ‘Juan Carlos Pesto’. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, don’t skip their pizza cookie – it’s a favorite of ours!

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(Photo courtesy of Magpies Gourmet Pizza)

Magpies Gourmet Pizza – S. Houghton

These guys are all about the handcrafted touch. Every day, they’re rolling out fresh dough made with the good stuff: real yeast, top-notch flour, and pure olive oil. It’s all about what you want — they’ll whip up your pizza, salad, calzone, you name it, just how you like it. And let me tell you, their Greek Pizza? It’s a game-changer.

(Photo Courtesy of Mama's Famous Pizza & Heroes)

Mama’s Famous Pizza & Heros

At Mama’s, they’re all about traditional, hand-stretched, brick-oven Neapolitan and deep-dish Sicilian pizzas. Their ‘Mama’s Original Special Pizza’ is loaded with all the good stuff, making it a crowd-pleaser. Plus, their Buffalo-style chicken wings are off the charts – seasoned daily and smothered in homemade sauce. Whether you like ’em mild or spicy, they’ve got you covered.

Don Guerra (Photo by The Monica)

The Monica

Rooted in scratch cooking and cherished family recipes, The Monica aims to bring a diverse range of flavors to your table. You need to try the flatbreads! Don Guerra of Barrio Bread provides the dough for the Baguette Pizzas.

(Photo courtesy of New York Pizza Department)

New York Pizza Department (NYPD)

Established by a former Wildcat and U of A football player, the owner, missing the food from his family’s restaurants in New York, decided to share it with Tucson. Popular dishes include the Jumbo Slice, Philly Cheesesteak Pizza, and Old NYPD Pizza.

Margerita Pizza at No Anchovies (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

No Anchovies

Right near the University of Arizona, No Anchovies is the go-to spot for great pizza and chill vibes. It’s a hit with students and locals, and it’s not hard to see why — good pizza, good prices, and it’s open late. Don’t miss out on their Diablo Pizza, it’s legit. Plus, they’ve got a great selection of beers to wash it all down.

Pizza at Penelope Wood Fired Pizza (Photo by Mark Whittaker)

Penelope Pizza

This pizza joint is a crowd-pleaser with its unique flavor profiles for each of their pizzas. The crispy and delicious crusts enhance the overall experience, with even the simplest of their offerings, like the Margarita pizza, standing out due to its wonderful sauce, creamy cheese, and fragrant basil on top.

(Photo Courtesy of Piezano's Rustic Pizza)

Piezano’s

At Piezano’s, it’s all about chill vibes and some seriously good pizza. The sauce is a bit sweet, and the toppings are top-notch – not too much, not too little, just the right amount. And let’s not forget about the prices — they’ve got your wallet in mind, too. All in all, it’s a cool spot that’s kind on your taste buds and your budget.

Eggplant Pizza from Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta

If you’re looking for pizza with a personal touch, Proof is your spot. They’re rolling out dough made from the real-deal Italian flour, giving their pizzas a super chewy crust and flavors that’ll knock your socks off. With handmade pizzas and pastas, Proof is the place to be for a top-notch grub session in Tucson.

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink

This cool downtown joint serves up artisan-style pizzas with top-notch Italian meats and cheeses. They’ve got a killer mushroom pizza with mozzarella and truffle cheese, and a fennel sausage and peppers pizza that’s outta this world. Plus, they’ve got a huge beer menu and a chill outdoor beer garden for hanging out​.

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Photo by Hannah Hernandez (Shroomy Goat at Renee's Tucson)

Renee’s Tucson

A cozy spot for pizza lovers, Renee’s whips up organic, custom pizzas that are as unique as they are tasty. They’ve got everything — from a veggie-packed pizza to a goat cheese & mushroom one on an herby crust. Plus they’re close to some sweet spots like Sabino Canyon and Mt. Lemmon. Check them out!

Deep dish at Rocco's Little Chicago (Photo credit: Mark Whittaker)

Rocco’s Little Chicago

Rocco’s Little Chicago is all about that Chicago-style pizza life. They’ve got four types to choose from, including Classic Thin, Deep Dish, Stuffed, and even Gluten-Free. You gotta check out their quirky specialty pizzas like the Fungus Humongous loaded with mushrooms or the spicy Great Chicago Fire.

Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza Scordato's Pizzeria (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Scordato’s Pizzeria

Scordato’s is a little slice of Italy in Tucson. They’re not just about amazing pizza, but their cannelloni and beef brisket ravioli are also killer. And, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, their tiramisu is a must-try.

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The Bone Collector Pizza at Serial Grillers (Photo courtesy of Serial Grillers)

Serial Grillers – Speedway Blvd.

If you’re after a pizza with personality, Serial Grillers is your spot. Their menu is stacked with wild options like the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Pizza — it’s as tasty as it sounds. They’ve also got you covered with mouth-watering calzones, sandwiches, and paninis, to boot.

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Kale & Goat Cheese Pizza (Photo courtesy of Time Market)

Time Market

Serving as a neighborhood market for over 90 years, Time Market offers a range of products including organic produce, freshly baked bread, and, of course, outstanding pizzas. Their 620-degree deck oven churns out crispy-crusted pizzas with just the right amount of pull. Pizza offerings range from simple cheese to more complex flavors like the Boscaiola or the Cipolla Funghi.

(Photo courtesy of Transplant Pizza)

Transplant Detroit Style Pizza

This is where Detroit-style pizza meets Tucson flavor. Run by the Serial Grillers, this spot’s got a chill vibe with cool murals and a patio. Their deep-dish pizzas and sandwiches are killer, and folks can’t get enough of their Elote and Chicken Bacon Pesto pizzas. Plus, they’ve got some tasty sides like Double Pepperoni and Cheesy Bread that are a hit with the crowd.

(Photo courtesy of Trident Pizza Pub)

Trident Pizza Pub

This is a go-to spot for game days and just about any day, really. Their pizza is some of the best around, and their barbecue tenders, pepperoni bites, and Italian sub are also top-notch. They’ve got some vegan options, and their garlic knots and marinara sauce are the bomb. Plus, they sell pizza by the slice, so it’s a great spot to grab a quick bite.

(Photo courtesy of Twin Peaks Pizzeria)

Twin Peaks Pizzeria

Over at 7575 W. Twin Peaks Rd., the restaurant has daily specials each and every day they’re open (closed on Mondays). From Detroit-style pizza to hot wings and cinnamon sticks, Twin Peaks Pizzeria oughta have more than one special that’ll catch your eye. One of our favorite deals is on Fridays — two large one-topping pizzas for a total of $30!

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(Photo Courtesy of Upper Crust Pizza)

Upper Crust Pizza

Upper Crust Pizza is the spot for big, tasty slices that are practically pizza-sized themselves​! You can go wild with their build-your-own pizza options, they’ve got everything from pepperoni to artichoke hearts. And don’t skip their calzones, subs, salads, or sweet treats like cannoli and New York cheesecake.

(Photo courtesy of Vero Amore on Swan)

Vero Amore – Swan

Conveniently located on Swan Road, Vero Amore offers a menu that mirrors the Dove Mountain location, boasting a myriad of pizzas such as the Mediterranean with pesto cream and gorgonzola, and the Bianca al Prosciutto with garlic-olive oil and arugula.

Birria Pizza at Zio Peppe (Photo credit: Jackie Tran)

Zio Peppe

Zio Peppe is a delightful blend of tradition and innovation where gourmet meets casual. It’s named after the fun-loving “Uncle Joe” in Italian, exuding a warm and welcoming atmosphere for everyone​. Their specialty pizzas are a highlight, with unique options such as the El Rustico Birria, topped with Chef Juan Almanza’s legendary beef birria, mozzarella, onion, cilantro, and consommé.

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