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Great pizza in Tucson?

josephnl Mar 9, 2013 10:40 AM

We'll be in Tucson later this month and always enjoy great pizza. Is there any outstanding pizza in Tucson? We've heard that Scordato's, Grimaldi's, and Scordato's are good. Are any of these especially terrific...or is there somewhere else? Relative proximity to Loew's Ventana Canyon would be a plus!

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    bitchincook RE: josephnl Mar 12, 2013 01:56 PM

    Speaking as someone born and raised in New York City, I'm sorry to say that there is no place in Tucson that has pizza that comes anywhere near "great." Grimaldi's and Scordato's are probably the best in town, but they have their limitations.

    Grimaldi's really scrimps on the cheese. You'll find yourself hungry an hour later. Parking can be difficult, if not impossible, especially if there's a basketball game going on at the University across the street.

    Scordato's offers only one size of pizza, 12 inches. My husband and I went there and found it to be on the small side for sharing by the two of us, yet getting two of them would be way too much food for us. They are expensive for their size.

    I wish it were otherwise, but Tucson is just not a place for excellence in pizza.

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      nonlinear RE: bitchincook Mar 16, 2013 06:43 PM

      There is some good pizza in New York City but there's also plenty of bad pizza in New York City. Good pizza can be found anywhere, in any style. I'm new to Tucson but I can recommend Rocco's which has a great Midwestern style thin crust pizza, or the frog and firkin which has a really spicy almost deep dish type pizza.

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      magiesmom RE: josephnl Mar 12, 2013 04:42 PM

      I think Brooklyn Pizza is pretty garn good. Not really as good as NYC, but definitely worth eating.

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        josephnl RE: josephnl Mar 12, 2013 05:02 PM

        Just realized that I listed Scordato's twice instead of including Vero Amore which I've also heard about. Should VA be included in the discussion about Tucson's best pizza?

        1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: josephnl Mar 14, 2013 12:05 PM

          Mario's-1st & Ft Lowell
          NY Pizza- Broadway & Camino Seco

          Both hole in the walls, super informal.

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            FishTales RE: josephnl Mar 30, 2013 07:55 AM

            We enjoyed a pizza from Vero Amore the last time we were in town. We'd go back there any time, but having said that I wouldn't call their pizza 'outstanding.' It had a very good wood-fired crust & the balance of ingredients was well thought out.


            Next on our list to try is Zona 78.



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              josephnl RE: josephnl Mar 30, 2013 03:12 PM

              We went to Vero Amore and enjoyed it. The drinks were very good, the service excellent, and the antipasto plate was also very good. We're probably spoiled by some really excellent pizza near our home in southern CA...and that's likely why we thought the pizza at Vero Amore was just ok...not awful, but not terrific either. It's too bad because the people working there were so nice. We'd likely go back for drinks and snacks, but woul likely skip their pizza,

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