Chef Daniel Scordato opened Scordato’s Pizzeria in 2009. Through innovative cooking techniques and by using sophisticated dough, Scordato’s Pizzeria produces crusts that are light and crisp on the outside and slightly chewy on the inside. For decades, artisan breads have been made with great attention to detail, while pizza dough was merely a standard two-hour process. At Scordato’s, pizza dough is crafted with the same level of attention that the great bread makers of the world have given to their dough. Due to the extreme temperature of Scordato’s oven, the crust develops a charred exterior, enhancing the pizza and giving it a smoky caramelized flavor. The toppings used at Scordato’s Pizzeria are of the same high quality as the ingredients used at the best gourmet restaurants around the country. One example of the exceptionality of the pizzeria’s ingredients is the Locatelli Pecorino-Romano cheese, Italy’s finest, presented at the tables. Patrons love the delicious fresh tomato sauce, the ability to order different toppings on each half of the pizzas, and the amazing pesto sauce that is served along with your pie.
Scordato’s Pizzeria, 4280 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 529 2700
Pionic Pizza has brought to Tucson artisan-style pizza baked to a crispy, light, airy perfection in as little as 90 seconds. Offering an unlimited choice of fresh toppings all for the same low price, Pionic stands out from its build-your-own-pizza competitors by cooking their pies directly on the surface of their real wood burning oven and providing an exceptionally extensive selection of delicious toppings, as well as featuring a Happy Hour with even better deals on their tasty pizzas. Guests can choose between a regular or whole wheat crust, a multitude of sauces including everything from red sauce to chipotle to pesto, and numerous cheeses, meats, and vegetables. You can even opt to add toppings like basil or arugula after the pie is baked. In addition, they offer gluten-free crust and vegan dairy-free Daiya cheese at little extra cost, and if you let them know that you have a gluten allergy, they take an extraordinary amount of care to make sure your pizza is completely gluten-free by changing their gloves, using different utensils, and mopping out the oven so that there is no flour inside when your pizza is baking. The menu also features some great specialty pizzas if you don’t want to pick out your own toppings.
Pionic Pizza, 2643 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 327 4992
When you’ve got a craving for ‘killer’ pizzas, beers, and ice cream, Serial Grillers is the place to go. Their variety of specialty thin crust pizzas with cinematic serial killer-inspired names and unique ingredients have made them a neighborhood favorite. One of their most popular pies, for example, is called the Bone Collector and is topped with olive oil, mozzarella and provolone cheese, cheddar, boneless chicken wings, scallions, buffalo sauce, and ranch dressing. Another favorite is the Copycat, which includes a tasty black bean spread, mozzarella and provolone cheese, Boars Head chorizo, jalapeños, fresh avocado, and chipotle ranch. In addition, they offer a build-your-own pizza option that allows customers to choose a sauce, a cheese, and a topping from any of their wide selection of interesting ingredients. People can order the pizzas by the slice (though they actually come with two slices), or in a mini size, small, medium, large, or even extra large. The pizzeria is a fun place to hang out with friends in the cool little dining room with fun decor and a great online jukebox, and the service is always friendly, helpful, and fast. It also a popular place to get a delivery from or simply pick up a pie.
Serial Grillers, 5737 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 546 2160
Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink
A modern take on the traditional pizzeria, Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink opened in 2012, offering handcrafted artisan-style pizza in addition to salads, antipasti, fresh baked sandwiches, and handmade pastas. Known as the hippest, trendiest local restaurant in town for pizza and all the things that come with it, Reilly is also home to a bar that features 20 craft beers, eight draft wines, and an extensive signature cocktail program. The interiors are a blend of historic and modern industrial elements, with lots of marble, high ceilings, and charming chalkboards, resulting in an upscale casual vibe. In addition, the venue houses a unique Beer Garden that was a remodel of the old garage for the building, making Reilly an incredible place to meet, eat, and drink in Tucson’s thriving Downtown. The New York-style pizzas are made with a perfect dough and ingredients of the highest quality, resulting in pies with deliciously crackling crust and the taste of freshness. Some of their most popular pizzas include the fennel sausage and peppers, the roasted crimini mushroom, and the speck and egg. They also offer a fantastic vegan option with garlic, mushrooms, onion, eggplant, pepper, and nutritional yeast.
Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink, 101 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 882 5550
Serving up wood-baked Napoli pizza, artisan and hearty greens, wine, and beer, Falora is well-known for its wonderful hand-built Napoli brick oven, fueled solely by local pecan wood, that bakes perfectly charred pies made with the freshest ingredients at a nice 750+ degrees. Everything from the imported Italian Caputo 00 flour, which is lower in gluten than most flours, to the spicy kosher grass-fed beef sausage contribute to making each pie truly exceptional with an authentic Neapolitan feel. The restaurant is also famous for its vinyls, with a collection of 45s on standby for those who care to browse. Falora even has a cool Vino & Vinyl Hour daily, when guests can bring a record to spin on the vintage stereo while enjoying a free bottle of classic Chianti with a pizza and salad. The menu features 13 different kinds of unique specialty pizzas featuring incredible ingredients like San Marzano tomato, soppressata, smoked salmon, white truffle oil, figs, house-made pesto, and sugar snap peas, as well as many other seasonal local ingredients. People can also add kosher sausage, Mozzarella di Bufala, or anchovies to any pie.
Falora, 3000 E Broadway, Tucson, AZ, USA, +1 520 325 9988