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Gumbo191

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Pizzeria Bianco Fri, 02/19/10 10:09 PM (permalink)

 
Wow, where do I start? I have heard the horror stories of 3-5 hour waits to be seated at Chris Bianco’s Pizzeria (Pizzeria Bianco) located at Heritage Square in Phoenix and the pretentious attitudes of the staff so I prepared myself for the worse.

After being stranded at Sky Harbor for the night we settled in at the closest Marriot for the night only to find out that Pizzeria Bianco was only 2 blocks away! My goal in Phoenix was to make at least one meal at the famed pizzeria (Bon Appetite’s Top Pizza in the U.S.) and that just did not work out considering the number of great places to eat in the area. So after hours of talking up the “pizza joint” and 6 hours in the airport they all agreed and were willing to take the risk of the long lines expected at the famed pizzeria.

We arrived shortly after 6 pm on a windy and rainy night in Phoenix (hence the airport delays) and added our name to the list at Pizzeria Bianco and proceeded to Bar Bianco next store. Bar Bianco recently opened to accommodate the crowds outside of the pizzeria and we graciously took a seat at the bar and enjoyed a cheese board and a few cocktails. After an hour we were seated next door in the small brick building with a bar and only a handful of tables. The pizzeria was dominated by the wood fired grill in the corner where Chris Bianco practices his craft.

The menu is comprised of 2 anti Pasto platters, 3 salads, and 6 pizzas (from $11-$14). The pizzas all with their own unique qualities including the Margherita with house made mozzarella, the “Rosa” with red onion, Parmigiano and Pistachios, the “Wise Guy” with onion, smoked mozzarella, and fennel sausage, the “Sonny Boy” with salami, onions, and olives, and the “Biancoverde” with ricotta, mozzarella, Parmigiano, topped with fresh Arugula. The “Biancoverde” was a refreshing change from the traditional pie with a pile of Arugula added at the end of the cooking process. The “Sonny Boy” was topped with phenomenal salami and tart olive that balanced the sweet sauce. The crust from the wood fired grill set the stage for these formidable pies and were slightly charred from the 800 degree fire which added a smoke flavor. The crust was crisp yet chewy and unlike many other pizza places there was NO crust left on our plates!

My experience at Pizzeria Bianco was fabulous from the service at Bar Bianco to the Pizzeria and through the end of dinner. This was absolutely the “Best” pizza I have ever been served. If you are ever in Phoenix make your way to Pizzeria Bianco!
<message edited by Gumbo191 on Sun, 02/21/10 3:42 PM>
 
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    Gumbo191

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    Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 1:46 PM (permalink)
    How is this Spam?
     
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      Russ Jackson

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      Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 1:53 PM (permalink)
      I thought it was a great report. ...Russ
       
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        TJ Jackson

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        Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 1:53 PM (permalink)
        I dont know, Gumbo......but hopefully the mods will question the person who marked it as such and remove the marker. 

        It's possible they thought this was a shill for Bianco's -- but they are so packed at all times that they dont need to shill for business -- but maybe the person who set the spam marker was unaware of that fact.

        In the meantime, dont worry about it.  Your post clearly isn't spam.

         
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          David_NYC

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          Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 1:57 PM (permalink)
          Not spam, but a copy of a post to Gumbo's excellent food blog:
          http://eatoutnwa.blogspot.com/
           
          #5
            Gumbo191

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            Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 2:02 PM (permalink)
            Thanks for the kudo's! I take pride in capturing my eating experiences from the road.
             
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              Davydd

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              Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 2:08 PM (permalink)
              I saw this same post in two different places here in Roadfood.com. I think one of them was deleted by the moderators. I think that would be considered spamming. Posting the same message repeatedly is considered insulting readers' intelligence, IMO especially when done at the same time. It is kind of covered here in Code of Conduct.

              http://www.roadfood.com/F...LEASE-READ-m69391.aspx
               
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                Gumbo191

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                Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 2:12 PM (permalink)
                Well there is a Pizza Forum, hec I dont work for Bianco but it was a great trip!   Anyone headed there should also hit the Ranch Market (hispanic market) near the airport. Wow what a treat!
                 
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                  TJ Jackson

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                  Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 2:33 PM (permalink)
                  Davydd

                  I saw this same post in two different places here in Roadfood.com.

                  My comments above were based on only seeing this post once, but if indeed it was posted twice, yeah, agreed - thats spam.

                  <message edited by TJ Jackson on Sat, 02/20/10 2:34 PM>
                   
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                    Russ Jackson

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                    Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 2:47 PM (permalink)
                    Gumbo joined in 2001 he might be the oldest active poster...Russ
                    I guess he stuck around for a decade to spam Pizzeria Bianco
                     
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                      enginecapt

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                      Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 3:41 PM (permalink)
                      An hour wait is doable. An hour wait in a bar is eminently doable.
                       
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                        enginecapt

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                        Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 3:42 PM (permalink)
                        Russ Jackson


                        Gumbo joined in 2001 he might be the oldest active poster..


                        Naw, that would be Gramps Hoffman.
                         
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                          TJ Jackson

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                          Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 4:08 PM (permalink)
                          Well, unintended spam is still spam, Russ - sorry if i came off accusatory here

                          And again - I've not seen the duplicate post myself, ergo the "if"
                           
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                            Russ Jackson

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                            Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 4:19 PM (permalink)
                            The wanna be spam mods have spoken....Russ
                            I do know one thing if I ever get near Pizzeria Bianco I am going to wait as long as it takes. He only waited an hour and that was in a Bar.
                             
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                              Gumbo191

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                              Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 4:24 PM (permalink)
                              Spamalot here....Supposedly the best Pizza is the Rosa with pistachios and onions. We were tempted to order that one for dessert!
                               
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                                TJ Jackson

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                                Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 4:42 PM (permalink)
                                100% agreed, Russ.....if I end up in Phoenix at some point that will be the very first place I head to
                                 
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                                  Michael Hoffman

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                                  Re:Pizzeria Bianco Sat, 02/20/10 6:45 PM (permalink)
                                  My daughter, who grew up eating at Sally's, Pepe's and The Spot in New Haven, and Jerry's in Bridgeport, says she doesn't find anything special about this place. She lives in the area and she's been there twice -- the second time to see whether her first visit might have been an aberration.
                                   
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                                    sk bob

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                                    Re:Pizzeria Bianco Mon, 02/22/10 9:09 PM (permalink)
                                    pistachios on pizza?  Please!
                                     
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                                      TJ Jackson

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                                      Re:Pizzeria Bianco Tue, 02/23/10 9:51 AM (permalink)
                                      Well sk_bob, that'd be an indication of intolerance of regional variation on a food type.

                                      So, do tell - why exactly are you on Roadfood, which celebrates regional differences between foods, then?
                                       
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                                        sk bob

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                                        Re:Pizzeria Bianco Tue, 02/23/10 10:28 AM (permalink)
                                        what are you saying?
                                        just because I wouldn't put pistachios on pizza means I don't belong here?
                                        I'm not intolerant of any food,to each his own. these forums are to express individual opinions be them pro or con.
                                          besides that, who are YOU to judge people?
                                         
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                                          porkbeaks

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                                          Re:Pizzeria Bianco Tue, 02/23/10 10:28 AM (permalink)
                                           
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                                            MiamiDon

                                            Re:Pizzeria Bianco Tue, 02/23/10 10:38 AM (permalink)
                                            TJ Jackson


                                            Well sk_bob, that'd be an indication of intolerance of regional variation on a food type.

                                            So, do tell - why exactly are you on Roadfood, which celebrates regional differences between foods, then?


                                            I've never been to Arizona.  It is common for pizzas in that region to have pistachios on them?
                                             
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                                              TJ Jackson

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                                              Re:Pizzeria Bianco Tue, 02/23/10 12:13 PM (permalink)
                                              Does it have to be common?

                                              Goetta is not common to all restaurants in Cincinnati, but it remains a regional specialty
                                               
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                                                ScreamingChicken

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                                                Re:Pizzeria Bianco Tue, 02/23/10 1:29 PM (permalink)
                                                Gumbo191


                                                Spamalot here....Supposedly the best Pizza is the Rosa with pistachios and onions. We were tempted to order that one for dessert!


                                                Are the pistachios whole or halved, or is it more like pesto with pistachios instead of walnuts?
                                                 
                                                I wonder how goetta would taste with pistachios...
                                                 
                                                Brad
                                                 
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                                                  porkbeaks

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                                                  Re:Pizzeria Bianco Tue, 02/23/10 1:55 PM (permalink)

                                                  Brad_Olson



                                                  Are the pistachios whole or halved, or is it more like pesto with pistachios instead of walnuts?
                                                   
                                                  I wonder how goetta would taste with pistachios...
                                                   
                                                  Brad


                                                  Here's a photo from Slice.com. You can see the pistachio texture at lower right.
                                                   
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