By Amy Young
People are passionate about pizza. The popular, doughy dish that originated in Italy maintains a pervasive global presence. The metropolitan Phoenix area is loaded with delicious pizzerias. In addition to the abundance of these savory pies, residents and visitors can take advantage of patio dining in this region year-round. Heaters help in the cooler months while misting systems make summertime pleasant. Combine pizza and patio seating and it’s a win-win all around. Enjoy these pizza patio places!
This downtown Phoenix spot known for its Neapolitan style pies is located in a restored 1913 bungalow, making its charm inherent. With beautiful wood floors and exposed brick, one drive by this place after sundown and its gorgeous, gently lit front patio—one of three—is more than enough to lure you in for a delectable dining experience. Cibo’s trees are wrapped in lights, creating a romantic effect that matches the overall charm of the restaurant. In addition to pizza, the menu at this bucolic spot also features inventive salads, pasta dishes and irresistible desserts. cibophoenix.com
UPPER CRUST PIZZA PATIO & WINE BAR
Cave Creek, just north of Phoenix, embodies the rustic spirit of the Wild West, in both look and feel. This quaint and popular destination also features striking views of the desert landscape. Upper Crust Pizza’s tranquil patio allows you to kick back and soak up the regional flavor and desert scenery. Create your own pizza, check out one of the house’s special creations or venture into the rest of the extensive menu. Wine lovers will appreciate the lengthy list of reds and whites. Upper Crust recently opened a second location in central Phoenix, with an active patio that lets you peek at busy city life. uppercrustwinebar.com
This Mesa restaurant has deep roots in the Phoenix suburbs, evolving from what was Papa Jay’s, a longtime establishment that opened back in 1971 next to the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. Their patio is canopy covered, spacious and comfortable. Though it’s a bustling place, it boasts a relaxed feel that encourages you to visit for everything from casual catch-ups with friends, to romantic evening dates, to special celebrations. Wood fired pizzas come in the traditional way, on crusts with crispy exteriors and gooey dough inside, or get your toppings on crispy flat bread. bellagiopizzeria.com