Do you prefer New York, Chicago or artisan? Whatever your taste in Italian pie, you can guarantee the Valley is home to a restaurant serving just your style of slice. Check out these five hotspots serving pizza by the slice.
1 Venezia's New York Style Pizzeria
True to the "New York Style" phrase in its name, Venezia serves huge, foldable slices of thin-crust pizza. The lunch specials are a major draw for the place's loyal following, when you can score a slice or two, a drink and maybe even a salad or some wings for around five bucks. Ask for a Slice of the Day, then sit back and enjoy a game on one of the TVs while you chow down, or opt for Venezia's $2 delivery ($15 minimum) or takeout. The 24-inch pizza is perfect for when you have friends coming over and you need some tasty comfort food in a pinch, and there are four locations to choose from: Tempe, Gilbert, east Mesa and northeast Mesa. The stores have daily specials, so be sure to check online or call before you head over. Or don't, and just be surprised.
2 Jimmy and Joe's Pizzeria
Offering the enormous, cheesy pieces of pizza you know you crave, Jimmy and Joe's Pizzeria in another Italian pie hotspot. Here you can enjoy a large refillable fountain drink and a slice for roughly an Abraham Lincoln. And they take care of their customers via free-to-join loyalty programs and VIP cards. Their 24-inch pizza is called the Big Jimmy, and frequent visitors can't seem to get enough of the tangy signature sauce, available for dipping or to be added to your pizza or wings. Try a slice of the white pizza, or anything with the crumbled sausage on it. The tagline here is "Serious Slices," and these people mean business.
3 Oregano's Pizza Bistro
Everybody loves Oregano's, right? But lest your mind has been clouded by their famed Pizookie dessert (a half pound of chocolate chip cookie dough slightly baked in a pizza pan and then topped with scoops of vanilla bean ice cream), don't forget they also serve pizza by the slice during the lunch hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant calls it their "Heck of a Slice" -- a mammoth slice of Chicago-style thin crust pizza covered with cheese and any of the more than three dozen toppings of your choosing, including caramelized onions, cotija cheese, portobello mushrooms, anchovies, applewood bacon, eggplant, salami, spiced feta, capicolla and pork carnitas. Also, ask about their Mini Stuffed Pizza of the Day.
4 Mamma Mia Original Pizza and Subs
The jumbo-sized, foldable, NYC-style slices at Mamma Mia are $1.50, with additional toppings at 25 cents each, making for one seriously satisfying and wallet-friendly meal. For example, enjoy two huge slices of cheese pizza and a soda for about four bucks, max. The slices here are crispy, especially the crust, which is perfectly charred -- not too much, not too little -- and the mozzarella, basil, tomatoes, all so fresh-tasting. You'll like the sauce, too, which is a little on the sweeter side, just as it should be. Ask for a slice of the sausage and meatball pizza ... it's incredible. The restaurants are open seven days a week and offer $3 delivery with a $10 minimum. So your dinner problem? It's solved.
Two words: Chicken bruschetta. A slice of one of these pies at Crust Pizza and WIne will currently set you back $3.75, and for that price, you'll receive a well-sized, medium-crust slice of pie heaven topped generously with diced chicken that's been tossed with their housemade bruschetta and mozzarella. Additional pizzas served by the slice here include the NY Round thin-crust pizza, as well as the medium-crust margherita, spinach and broccoli, Hawaiian, garlic and eggplant, baked ziti, arugula and prosciutto, chicken marsala and stuffed meat. But be sure to chow down earlier in the day rather than later, as limited slices are available after 4 p.m. due to the fact that Crust is dedicated to serving their pizza as fresh as possible. And slices that were cooked hours prior to your visit just aren't appetizing.