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Aug 11, 2009 02:09 PM

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... : )

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  1. 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 ... :-)

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      wow, a month in advance? Somehow that makes me more excited. Well then, I hope you're in town!

    2. 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.

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      1. re: azbirdiemaker

        Thank you for the advice. I Don't have a small village joining me, just me and one other. But if I could wrangle a group of 'hounds, it might be fun, actually! : )

        1. re: hyacinthgirl

          One more point, reservations can only be made one month in advance and generally fill up immediately. In other words, to reserve a table for September 25th, be sure to call on August 25th.

          1. re: azbirdiemaker

            azbirdiemaker - excellent information

            -I would add, for reservations, call exactly one month in advance (ie. on Aug 25th), and call right when they open (I think 4:00). I called an hour after opening for a Wed night res (a month in advance), and they couldn't do it.

            1. re: Booger

              I was just there and they had a sigh up announcing their 3 week spring break. I can't remember the exact dates but I'm pretty sure they will be closed on the 25th. I think the dates were from the 23rd to the 14th.

          2. I'm actually from LA and was looking to do the same thing. I couldn't see myself driving five hours and waiting another 3 hours. I could only drive down on Saturday, the 26th if that works. I'm good for 2 people.

            1. We ate there Tuesday night and were the very first people in line. There was only one group that showed up with reservations. Does anyone know if they limit reservations to only one group per night?

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              1. re: nearlywild

                I believe it's two groups per night, one for the first seating at 5, and the second at 8.

                1. re: nearlywild

                  Nearlywild - What time did you arrive?

                  1. re: MesaChow

                    At 3. Two other separate couples showed up within 10 minutes. Most people started showing at 3:30. We're going to do the same thing this Wednesday.

                    1. re: nearlywild

                      That's what I suspected. The last time we went, we arrived at 3:15 and just barely made the first seating. I was just curious if it was still that early even in the heat of the summer. Thanks for the feedback!