Fridays Around Phoenix is an ongoing series here on The Phoenix Real Estate Blog.  It was created to fit within our Things To Do Around Phoenix category, to showcase all the places and events we love about the Phoenix area.  Whether you’re a snow bird, an Arizona native like my wife, an out-of-stater wanting to visit Phoenix, or none of the above, I hope you’ll join us each Friday for a new installment of Fridays Around Phoenix.

My wife says I’m a pizza connoisseur.  She’s being too kind.  Really, I’m slightly pizza-crazed. But hey, at least I’ve admitted I have a problem.  That’s the first step of any successful program, right?  Good luck ever getting me to the next step.

Needless to say, when I heard my friend say he’d found the best pizza in Phoenix, I had to see what he was talking about.

I got to go to Spinato’s Pizzeria in Tempe yesterday for lunch, just after a great phone conversation with a new client moving here to the Valley from Virginia.  While my expectations for the customer service at the typical pizzeria are usually fairly low, Spinato’s was represented on Yelp as better than the typical pizza parlor.  To my delight, my fellow Yelpers weren’t exaggerating!  From the delivery of our waters to the delivery of our bill, our server was attentive, friendly, and helpful.  He even suggested the size of pizza to order – a thin crust medium pie for three of us – which turned out to be spot on.  We finished every last slice with not a square inch of room in our stomachs for more.

The flavor of the Spinato’s pizza is uniquely delicious. I’d say the word “sweet,” but I don’t want you to think they’ve compensated for flavor by making the sauce arbitrarily sugary like other purveyors of pizza I know…  No, this 2008 Scottsdale Culinary Festival “Best Food Winner” clearly doesn’t do anything arbitrarily.

For my first time, we had Mamma Spinato’s “Signature” Fresh spinach pie, and added sausage to half of it.  I’ve been told to try the spaghetti calzone, which I will do, but I figured I had to try the pizza before diving deeper into the menu.  The “Signature” is one of their specialty pizzas, which means it is the priciest one on their menu, but definitely worth it.  Our total bill came to $22.50, before gratuity, for a 14″ pie and one soda.  Divided by three, I’d say we spent right around the mid-range of sit-down lunches in Tempe.  Surely, there are cheaper lunches to be found nearby, but we weren’t looking for “cheaper lunches” that day.  We were looking for the “Spinato Experience.”

The company’s website describes the “Spinato Experience” as their focus on providing quality food in their “homey, family atmosphere.”  A short but admirable goal, and exactly what I received on Thursday.

Is it the best pizza in Phoenix?  I think I’m going to have to go back for a second, and maybe third, visit before I can make that call.  Poor me…

Want to keep reading?  Here are more of my reviews of places located in Tempe like Spinato’s Pizzeria.

If you live in the Chandler/Ahwatukee area, look out for a new Spinato’s location opening soon!  You can see pictures of the construction in progress on Facebook.

What: Spinato’s Pizzeria
Where: 227 S. Smith Road, Tempe, AZ 85281
How: 480.967.0020