Pizzeria Bianco is a pizza restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona established in 1994 that earned very positive reviews by notable food critics. Nationally recognized for its pizzas, the restaurant's small seating capacity can lead to wait times that sometimes surprise casual patrons. The restaurant features a wood burning oven and homemade mozzarella cheese used in pizzas primarily fashioned by the owner himself. Pizzeria Bianco was originally opened by Chris Bianco in 1987 in a grocery store which is now AJ's Euro-Market & Deli located in central Phoenix. He moved locations once before Pizzeria Bianco found its home in Heritage Square in 1996. Bianco was born in the Bronx, and grew up in Ossining, NY. He had asthma as a child, forcing him to stay inside, where he watched his aunt cook. At age 13 he began working at a local pizzeria. In 1985 he won two plane tickets anywhere in the US and whimsically chose to go to Phoenix. When he got there, he felt connected to the place, and stayed.
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