Cibo is a great little place in downtown Phoenix that doesn’t get nearly the attention as Pizzeria Bianco. I love the atmosphere of this historic house, the service is always spot-on, and the food is amazing. I have been a fan of this place for a long time, but I quit eating all wheat products a few years back. Last week I read that they were offering gluten-free pizzas and sandwiches so I had to give it a try. I did call ahead to make sure they were open on Sundays, and there was a concern that they might not have pizza available during brunch, but the stars aligned and I was able to enjoy this:
I wanted to cry this pizza was so delicious. It felt like I was back on the Amalfi Coast. I saved some for Joe to taste and his comment was “Are you sure they aren’t tricking you and just telling you it’s gluten free?” I assure you they are not tricking me, and the crust was that good. So was the prosecco.
It might seem controversial to claim anything is better than Bianco. After all, this tiny restaurant has its own Wikipedia page listing all the people who think the food is great. Martha Stewart! Rachel Ray! and even Vogue Magazine. Chris Bianco is somewhat of a celebrity in this town and is able to run a business where people wait up to three hours to eat his food. Hats off to him.
I’m just saying that given the choice between the two places, I will choose Cibo. I have referred many people here in the past and will continue to do so. It’s nice to be treated as a welcome guest and not as if I am lucky to be darkening the door of the greatest chef to ever live.