Pizzeria Bianco- Reservations
I live in LA, but will be in Phoenix on Friday, Sept 25th. Of course, I have to try Pizzeria Bianco when I'm there. I've read that they don't take reservations except for groups of 6-10, and without reservations, it's a 3-5hr wait.
Is that what you've experienced in terms of wait time?
And, that said, are there 4-8 people who want to join me and my SO at Pizzeria Bianco that night... : )
I'd first look into the reservation option given that you have a small village joining you. Give them a call and see if they could accommodate you. This is far enough in advance that it would probably work out best. Just keep in mind that they only do it for parties of 6 or more.
I can't say that I've ever been on a Fri or Sat night and those would definitely be the busiest days but I'm pretty confident in saying that it will never be a 5 hour wait - that's the entire time that they're open for business each day. If you're looking to eat earlier in the day, then I'd suggest one of your group biting the bullet and getting there by 3:45-4:00 and waiting in line until they open at 5:00. Then you put your name down and might get in during the first seating. If not, you'll surely make the second seating and the wait shouldn't be more than an hour maximum - which you can spend next door at Bar Bianco getting nice and lubricated before the main event. They even have small little bites available there to tide the hungrier ones over.
If you're looking for later in the evening and don't mind eating late night - then try getting there by 9:00 and dealing with probably a 2 hour wait maximum, sitting down by 11:00 at the latest and making a late night out of it. All restaurants are feeling a pinch right now whether it's a small sting or a full bludgeoning and PB is no exception. They haven't been as busy as they're accustomed to but they're still jamming. Point being that the 3 hour waits are a rare deal these days.
HOWEVER ... I'll say it again - I've never been on a Fri or Sat night so take it for what it's worth but I do eat there about three times a month from April to September ... BUT ... I'm usually a single, get there at 9:30-9:45, and am always seated within 20-30 minutes tops - so it's a whole different ballgame.
The wait is usually about 3 hours, maybe a bit longer on Fri/Sat nights.
If you want to make reservations, should probably call soon for a 9/25 date as it usually takes a month in advance to reserve a date.
That said, I've found the best way to navigate the Pizzeria Bianco wait is to check in around 4:30 ish, put your name down when the doors open up at 5, tell the hostess that you're going to take a tour around downtown Phoenix and leave a cell number. Then head out to the Arizona Center (which is about 2 blocks north of the restaurant) and catch a movie. Movie over, table ready.
Enjoy your visit.
P.S. And if I'm in town, I'd be up to joining you folks ... :-)