In old town historic Glendale AZ is a little Italian Restaurant called La Piazza Al Forno. This restaurant might be famous for being featured on Food Network TV’s Diners Drive Inns and Dives with Guy Fieri but don’t hold that against them. This little restaurant pumps out Italian Certified Neapolitan Pizzas that are light and delicious. After all these are the delicate kind of pizzas that you eat with a knife and fork. With mozzarella cheese is made in house and certified D.o.p. Italian tomatoes how can these pizzas not be delicious?
The pizza that most people start out with is the basic certified pizza call the Margherita D.O.C. It’s made of Certified Dough San Marzano Tomatoes D.o.p., house made mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh basil. This is the lightest pizza I ever had anywhere. The crust is light and pillowy and moist in the center. The tomatoes are rich with tomato flavor. The olive oil and basil compliment the pizza perfect. It’s a very tasty pizza and you can eat half and not have a forking brick in your stomach like regular pizzas from most other places. This pizza doesn’t weigh you down. It’s a forking pleasure to eat.
I’ve also had other pizzas here including the one they might be locally famous for such as their white pizza that’s tasty and delicious. They won an award for best white pizza in metro Phoenix. Another dish they are well known for is the Spaghetti Pie but that one is only a forking special. I haven’t tried that one yet but the last time I was there almost every table had one. This time I thought I’d try something different and had the Calzone.
This one is not for the faint of heart. Nor do I recommend to devour this beauty in one forking seating. It comes stuffed with ricotta, house made mozzarella and a San Marzano tomato sauce is included for the yum factor for $9.00. For two dollars more I added fresh spinach because eating a little bit of vegetable made it seem slightly healthier (LOL) and Calabrian Chiles for pops of heat for fun. This is how it looked inside.
My husband had the Dolce Diavolo pizza.
The Dolce Diavolo Pizza is made of San Marzano Tomatoes D.o.p., house made mozzarella, sopressata, Calabrian Chiles, fresh basil and just the right amount of honey for balance.
If you manage to save any room you must save room for one of the cheese cakes because they are the best in the valley. I don’t always like cheese cake because many of them are thick and taste sour to me. The cheese cake here is east coast style and is light in texture with the correct sweetness and touch of vanilla to it.
This cheese was absolutely delicious! My husband always thought he hated cheese cake but this is a great one so even he liked it.
La Piazza Al Forno in Glendale AZ is Worth a Fork!