Editor’s Note: 09/18/2016
Sadly, Pizzeria Bianco Tucson has closed. You will have to go to Phoenix now.
I have known audiophiles. I have known Francophiles. And now, after reviewing 13 pizzerias for our Top 10 List, I know a few people who self-identify as “pizzaphiles”: those who love pizza. Apparently, Chris Bianco is one. And there are those who love Chris Bianco’s pizzas. I suppose one could call them “Biancophiles”. I have not yet met Chris Bianco, but his reputation precedes him.
In 2003, Mr. Bianco acquired a national reputation when he won a James Beard Award for best regional chef — never before has a pizza chef earned such a prestigious honor. That same year, baking master Peter Reinhart authored “American Pie: My Search for the Perfect Pizza,” in which he nominated Bianco’s for the best pizza in America. The New York Times concurred. However, Vogue took it one step further, proclaiming Bianco’s the best pizza in the world. REALLY???
Bon Appétit, Food & Wine and USA Today have all sung the praises of Chris Bianco’s pizzas. As have celebrities, such as Jimmy Kimmel, Diane Sawyer, Oprah Winfrey, and Foodie-In-Chief William Jefferson Clinton.
And now, we humble Tucsonans can enjoy a world-famous Chris Bianco pizza in Arizona’s newest boomtown, Downtown Tucson.