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Mar 19, 2007 11:46 AM

Phoenix/Tempe area Pizza!!

I am dying for some great pizza. Not interested in deep dish style.

Can anyone recommend something that is great, but not a chain?

I recall Cardinal's pizza from days past.


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  1. Classic Italian Pizza at Baseline and Rural (NE corner) is my favorite -- not only for Tempe, but for the whole metro area. It's buried in the corner of a big shopping center anchored by the BOVA furniture store. Look for it in the far northeastern corner of the shopping center under the small clock tower. Regrettably, CIP is not serving lunch anymore, so make it a dinner outing. It's not a place to order a slice at the counter, but instead a place to have a relaxing dinner with salads, artisanal pizza, and a small but good selection of wine and beer.

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    1. re: silverbear

      Thanks! I will try it out soon . . . . .

      1. re: silverbear

        We tried Classic Italian Pizza last night. It was really great. I would have hoped for some draft beer (even a domestic or two) but the pizza was great. I will go back for sure.

        1. re: pstempe22

          Glad you liked it. I agree that draft beer would be a welcome improvement, but at least there are some nice bottled beers available.

      2. I agree. I believe the is a "Pure Fitness" location right in the immediate area, which might be more visible from the street.

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        1. re: johnseberg

          Yes, it is. Also be aware that it is closed on Mondays. Great pizza - the wood-roasted mushrooms and spinach are wonderful.

        2. I'd also add Miele's Pizza on the SEC of McClintock and Guadalupe in between Fry's and Petco. We always enjoy their pizzas and our guests have also raved about it. They're a couple of brothers from Napoli - great guys.

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          1. re: melcarr

            I stopped in at Miele's for the first time for pizza today and it was really, really good!! Fresh ingredients and really friendly, fast service. Since this is close to where I work, I will be in here every week. =)

          2. I really miss Florencia the Pizza Bistro in Ahwatukee. Local beers on tap, friendly neighborhood joint, wonderful seared thin-crust that I've tried unsuccessfully for years to duplicate, fresh toppings, excellent salads.

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            1. re: themis

              you miss it because it's no longer around or because you've moved?

                1. re: themis

                  not cool for you but cool for me! ill have to check it out!

            2. I hate to be Captain Obvious, but........Pizza Bianco is maybe the best pizza place in the whole U.S. of A and it is right in your backyard. Try the bianco verde.

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              1. re: SeanT

                For great NYC style pizza, Ray's on Pima/101 is the place.