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My Three Fave: Pizza Places

December 12, 2009

From time to time I’m just going to put out my three favorite restaurants in some particular style of food.  I’m not saying they’re the best you’ll find in Tucson, they’re just what I’ve had and enjoyed.  If you agree, super.  If you disagree or think I’m missing something awesome, let me know.  It may be that I just haven’t eaten there and I should.

Ok, let’s start off with pizza.  I looooove pizza.  Wait, who am I kidding?  I just love food in general.  Although ask me what kind of food I’m in the mood for at any given time and the answer will often include pizza.   The fun thing about this is that people have very strong feelings about their pie.  Deep dish, thin crust, crispy, doughy, meaty, plain, red sauce, white sauce, bbq sauce, no sauce: people are particular about pizza.

So I want to hear from you!  Let me know what you think about Tucson’s best spots for doughy, saucy, cheesy goodnesss (even if your fave doesn’t include sauce or cheese…).

Ok, here are my three faves in no particular order:

No Anchovies:

I’ll give you two words: potato pizza.  What?  No, really.  It’s red potato, bacon, and green onion covered in provolone and cheddar.  The sauce on it is….well, kinda buttery.  Still not intrigued?  I wasn’t either until I tried a bite of someone else’s.  Until you get that chance, though, their pizzas are great: light crispy crust, great cheese, and a fantastic selection of toppings.  Their specialty pie selection is creative and has some real hits.  I’m also partial to the Tabano (with fresh mozzarella rounds) and the basil chicken ricotta.  Having a party?  They’ve got 20″ pizzas – just make sure you have room to get the box into your car.


Their pizzas are monstrous.  They’re over two inches thick and a 1/4″ of that is a layer of gooey cheese covering generous quantities of fresh toppings.  It’s dense and satisfying, and you can feel good walking out saying, “I only ate two pieces of a medium pizza!”.  So what if those two pieces were enough fat and calories for a few days…  They have an awe-inspiring selection of beers, with plenty of rotating guest taps so that your selection never gets old.  The downside(s): it’s grungy in there, and the service is consistently bad.  I’m going to say that again: the service is really bad.  With those two major strikes, the pizza needs to mighty good to get on my list of the top spots in town.  And good it is.

Lococo’s Pizza:

This may be considered cheating, but I just did a blog post about them last week.  You can find out why I like them by going right HERE.

Honorable mention: 1702

I did a post about them a while back, and do like their pie.  If you want to see what I said about them before, look HERE.

So that’s what I’ve got.  Let me know what your favorite pizza places are!


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily Marigold permalink
    December 12, 2009 10:11 am

    Although I do quite agree with you that No Anchovies is by far one of (if not *the*) best pizza place in town, (even their plain cheese is magnificently fantastic!) you are misguided about one of these places:
    Frankly, Zachary’s is gross! Not only is their service pretty bad, but their pizza is a bit… overwhelming. There is usually WAY too much cheese for my taste. I understand that that is what some people want, and you know, that’s cool, but… bleh. I do have one good thing to say about them though: their crust is magnificent!
    Anyway, very nice post 🙂

  2. December 12, 2009 10:28 am

    Hi Emily!

    I know. Zachary’s can be a little…..much…. for some people. I’ve seen it: pulling off half (or more) of the toppings to make it a little less intense. But hey, if we all liked the same things we’d only have one kind of pizza to choose from, and that would just be boooooring!

    Thanks for the comment!


  3. Eleanor Rose permalink
    December 12, 2009 11:06 am

    Hello Tucson Food Dude (creative name by the way),
    I love no anchovies!!! My dad takes me there whenever we are on campus. Although i usually just get cheese pizza it is soooooo good! But they have so many other great choices! It is amazing!
    I also love Zacharie’s!! I always get the garlic pizza! most people would probably say it is way too much garlic! But most people are not garlic fanatics like me! I love them both!!! But i have never been to Lococo’s pizza i should go there some time.

  4. December 12, 2009 11:18 am

    Hi Eleanor –

    Your dad must be a pretty cool guy who knows good pizza if he takes you to No Anchovies. I’m a fan of garlic, too, but in smaller amounts. Zachary’s puts on lots of whatever toppings they use, so I’ll bet it’s the same for the garlic!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


  5. Jody OH permalink
    December 12, 2009 5:25 pm

    Roccos (Fans of Zacharys will be happy AND it has a bigger menu)
    Brooklyn Pizza
    No Anchovies

    No particular order, depends what kind of pizza I want at the moment. Roccos deep dish crust is fantastic. Brooklyn is open late. No Anchovies by the slice with great topping. Yumm potatos!

  6. December 12, 2009 10:07 pm

    Hi Jody!

    It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten at Rocco’s, but they do make a good deep dish pizza.

    Glad to see I’m not the only potato aficionado out there! Thanks for leaving the comment – it’s appreciated!


  7. December 29, 2009 10:38 am

    Hey Tucson food dude, I agree with all those great pizza places. I’m not sure if you have tried Grimaldis. They make a great pesto pizza among others. They also have great salads and cheesecake. They make their pizza in a coal brick oven. Thin crust style. I see myself going there for pizza a lot lately. BTW great blog. I found you on Twitter.

    • December 29, 2009 10:44 am

      Hi Andy – Thanks for taking the time to comment!

      I have been to Grimaldi’s, and they are good. The coal-fired oven really seems to make a difference in how the crust comes out. I actually haven’t had their pesto pizza (but you’re the second person to recommend it), but I really like their white pizza. I’ll make sure to get over there soon to try the pesto.

      Thanks for checking out the blog and the compliment!


  8. Deb permalink
    September 20, 2010 5:02 pm

    Best NY thin crust pizza for my money is the Venice Pizzeria, hands down.

    Wonderful thin crispy crust, amazing sauce, and homemade linguica! Been eating there over 30 years and have not once been disappointed! I don’t bother with the other Italian items because I WANT PIZZA! I also love their homemade zucchini & mushrooms. The owner got her recipes from a NYC chef, because that’s where she originated. Lucky Tucson, that she landed here!

    It’s a family run biz and the place is immaculate. Wonderful service and an environment where you can actually have a conversation! Family friendly in a quiet strip mall, but also has a full bar.

    If you don’t go, you’re be missing a Tucson treasure and a fabulous, delicious pie!

    • September 20, 2010 9:48 pm

      Hi Deb!

      Thanks for telling us about Venice. It’s WAY far off my usual path, but I’m willing to mount an excursion for a good pie. Ok – you’ve convinced me. The next time I’m as far east as, let’s say…. Park Mall…. I’ll check out Venice Pizzeria!

      I appreciate the tip, and I’m always looking for more so feel free to send ’em my way.


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