I'm going to do my best to rate these from 1 to 5 based on Quality, Quantity, Price, and Uniqueness, but I will also take some time to explain more about each restaurant.
1. Valley Pizza Downtown (1348 W Roosevelt St)
|Valley Pizza Downtown Menu|
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So, of course, we ordered it, and neither one of us could possibly say we didn't love it.
When you hear the list of ingredients, it can be a little bit intimidating: spicy tangy sauce, cheese, chicken, bacon, pineapple, tomato, yellow peppers, jalepenos, and ranch. But just as their signs promise, this pizza is a balanced blend of different flavors so expertly crafted that they come together in one amazing taste. The spicy is balanced out with the sweet. The tangy is balanced out with the creamy. And the ingredients and sauce are even laid on their with extra care to ensure that every bite is a masterpiece. This pizza is absolutely worth buying at least once, and perhaps he will even cut the same deal with you if you go -- though I doubt you will be able to say you didn't love it. It's a little pricey, but if fills you up, it's amazingly delicious, and it's the most unique pizza I've ever had.
2. Big Jimmy's Pizza in Tempe (1330 E. Apache Blvd)
Coming in second is Big Jimmy's, the pizza place I just tried today. But I'm already hooked on it! After having only one slice, I knew that this place makes some of the best pizza that I've ever had -- EVER! Their ingredients are so fresh, they offer lots of choices including feta cheese, they've got $4 cheesy bread that is supposed to feed up to 4 people or $3 garlic butter and parmesan bread. And they have good prices on their subs as well, which I am looking forward to trying soon. But really, what made this pizza so delicious is just how fresh and authentic it is. Just every bite was just amazing. The tomatoes and mushrooms tasted like they were just bought from a farmers market, and they did not go light on the feta either, which made the pizza oh-so-much better. They also have flavored crust like Hungry Howie's!
Other than the quality, this pizza restaurant gets second place because they give you huge portions for a good price. Their 14" large is only $5 plus $1.50 per topping, or $9 for an 18" with 1-topping ($2.50 for each additional), and they even serve pizza by the slice. It's only $2 for a huge slice (.50 per topping) or $3 for a slice and drink, which is rather ideal for someone who just wants to get some lunch and doesn't want to have leftovers for the next week.
An instant favorite!
3. Pizza Heaven Bistro (5150 n 7th st)
Pizza Heaven started out as a small pizza diner that only had a few tables, but over the years, it has grown into a very high-end and attractive restaurant. Their service is fantastic, the environment is fantastic, and best of all, they still offer the same affordable, quality pizza they always have with the addition of new menu items and even alcohol. This place is amazing, and you should try it at least once. I have always loved Pizza Heaven, and I always will!
4. Hungry Howie's Pizza and Subs (1045 East Lemon Street)
|Hungry Howie's Pizza and Subs Menu|
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However, even though most of Hungry Howie's pizzas and other menu items cost a bit more, they always have $5 large 1-topping pizzas, and they definitely have one of the best tasting pizzas I've ever had. But besides the deliciousness of their cheese blend and they're quality ingredients (mind you not quite as quality as the three above), Hungry Howie's is also known for their flavored crusts. And although Big Jimmy's does flavored crust as well, sometimes I would rather pay $5 for a one topping than $6.50. Great pizza, good price. I could definitely never turn down Hungry Howie's.
5. Gus's New York Style Pizza (933 E. University Dr)
|Gus's New York Style Pizza Menu|
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If you're going by area alone, a gus's 32" pizza is the equivalent to 4 16" pizzas (which makes sense because you double the diameter which means you double the radius, and that gets squared so 2x2=4x! Go ahead and do the math, I assure you it adds up.)
Gus's gargantuan 32" is enough to fill up probably 5-6 people easily -- to the point where everyone is full! My friend and I took on this bad boy once, each eating half of a thirty-two incher, and I swear to god I thought I was going to die because I was so incredibly full.
Their is a downside to their pizza though, which is that the crust is kind of bland, which is easily overlooked by how delicious the rest of it is and how big the slices are. But the real reason why this pizza gets a spot in #5 is because it is just so damn expensive. But they are also they only pizza place I know that is open 24-7! That's right, you can get a delicious new york pizza at any time, day or night. It's just a fantastic idea. And I would eat here a lot more if I just had more money.