Eater’s Triangle: Yelp-Approved Pizza

Craig OuthierMarch 16, 2023
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Arizona fared well on Yelp’s recent list of the 100 best restaurants for pizza in the U.S. and Canada. Appropriately, the online food-review aggregator awarded four spots to our slice-crazy state – and just as ticklishly, the pizzerias in question were not the usual A-list suspects. Since three of them reside in Central Phoenix, they make for a credible try-’em-all-in-one-night ET adventure.

The Rules

1. Assemble 6-8 people. Visit the restaurants in order.

2. Always order one pepperoni to split, as a benchmark, and another pizza.

3. At the conclusion of the crawl, vote for Best Pepperoni and Best Overall.

Photo courtesy Base Pizzeria

Base Pizzeria
Ranked No. 57 on the Yelp list, this urbane Biltmore-area eatery specializes in the kind of thin-crust, Neapolitan-style pie that’s made Phoenix a pizza hot spot. Try the Base – essentially the restaurant’s version of a margherita, with mozzarella-like fior di latte.
3115 E. Lincoln Dr., Phoenix, 602-535-8914,

Photo courtesy My Slice of the Pie Pizzeria

My Slice of the Pie Pizzeria
Fair prices (the best under-$10 deal in the Valley, arguably) and fun toppings (think: al pastor with grilled pineapple and cilantro) propelled this lunchtime favorite in Arcadia Lite to a lofty No. 18 ranking on the Yelp list.
3724 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-956-2098,

Photo courtesy Pizza A Metro

Pizza A Metro
Readers of PHOENIX know all about this unassuming shoebox restaurant near Phoenix College, hailed on these pages regularly for its thin, crispy-edged, rectangular pizzas – served, if you like, a metro, or “by the meter.” 2336 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, 602-262-9999,

Bonus: Drive to Cottonwood to try the fourth pizzeria on the Yelp list, Pizzeria Bocce (No. 68).


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