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Updated Dec 28, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Valley pizzeria named among best in country

Pizzeria Bianco (Facebook photo)

A Valley pizzeria has some of the best pizza in the country, a website said.

FoodandWine.com said the pizza at Pizzeria Bianco is "arguably America's best." Owner Chris Bianco is honored.

"FoodandWine.com is, for us, very prestigious," he said. "Every day we try to continue to get better. Hopefully we'll be better than yesterday and not as good as tomorrow."

When asked what the best pizza on his menu is, Bianco said "I always say to people that the best pizza is the one that you like the best. For me, I might have a simple margarita marinara, the simplest ones on the menu. I would suggest that people read the menu over, see what strikes your fancy, and go for it. Don't let any pizza man tell you what to eat."

FoodandWine.com said the pizzas have "beautiful wood fired crusts that are made with organic flour, fresh mozzarella and house-smoke mozzarella."

Bianco agrees that the ingredients are what make them so good.

"There's a big difference between what tastes good and what is good," he said, adding that he uses ingredients that are local and organic.

"Of course, none of it matters if it doesn't taste delicious. For me, taste is pretty suggestive. I'm pretty happy with the way they taste."

Pizzeria Bianco is known for long waits and lines out the door, but Bianco said he's done something about that.

"We used to just open at five o'clock," he said. "Now we open at 11 and stay open all day. That's done an incredible wonder for our line and our wait."

FoodandWine.com also rated Pizzeria Bianco as among the top 50 pizzerias in the country.

Pizzeria Bianco is located at 623 E. Adams St. in Phoenix.

About the Author


Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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