Who doesn’t like pizza? Whether you’re vegan, gluten-free, or simply trying to cut carbs, there are various types of pies to satisfy any appetite. After sampling many of Tucson’s best joints during my four years, I can honestly say this sun soaked city has a ton of great options to choose from. So if you’re craving thin crust or thick, tomato sauce or pesto, meat-lovers or veggie, keep reading for the top 5 pizza spots near the University of Arizona!
A personal favorite of mine, 1702 redefines pie size. With each slice measuring about 12 inches long (and 12 inch wide crust), plus a selection of over 100 beers, this is one of the better pig-out pizza spots in the city. The size of their slices isn’t just a gimmick, and their thin crust and mouthwatering toppings combine for a truly terrific product.
- Price: $5.95 for slice of cheese; $9.50 for specialty slice.
- Favorite: Buffalo Chicken w. red onion, bacon & provolone
- Where: 1702 E. Speedway Blvd.
2. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
With over 40 Grimaldi’s locations nationally, I can’t say this place is a Tucson creation, though that doesn’t make it any less delicious. Their coal brick oven cooks the thin crust perfectly, while the ambiance gives it more than a pizza shop feel. And with toppings such as artichoke hearts, spicy chicken sausage, meatballs, and oven roasted sweet red peppers, the only downside is waiting for a table.
- Price: 12” – $9, 16” – $14, 18” – $16 (plus toppings)
- Favorite: Brooklyn Bridge – Oven roasted red peppers, ricotta & Italian sausage
- Where: 446 N. Campbell Ave, Ste. 100
Often dubbed the “Chipotle of pizza”, this fast-casual chain has been serving up delicious, thin crust pies since 2011. The reason for the connection lies in the line. Once you choose the basics, such as size and crust type, you walk adjacent to the assortment of toppings and once done, it’s popped into the oven for a quick 3-5 minutes. Another option for the less picky is to choose one of their original creations.
- Price: $7.95 for 11.5” personal pizza w. unlimited toppings
- Favorite: Rustic Veggie – whole-wheat crust, red sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, green peppers, roasted red peppers, red onion, corn, garlic & fresh basil
- Where: 914 E. Speedway Blvd.
4. Frog & Firkin
Typically known for its flat screens and outdoor seating, Frog & Firkin is a great spot to catch the game with friends. But despite an extensive menu, I rarely order anything but the pizza. Their thick crust is different from most Tucson shops that offer thin crust slices, which is a good thing when coupled with beer. The dough is cooked throughout, while the cheese melts well on their tangy red sauce.
- Price: $2.95/cheese slice, $0.65/topping; $5.75/giant cheese slice, $0.85/topping
- Favorite: Cheese slice… Don’t forget the ranch
- Where: 874 E. University Blvd.
5. No Anchovies
A neighbor of Frog & Firkin, No Anchovies is similar in many ways but one. They’ve got outdoor seating, TVs, and, you guessed it: pizza. The one major difference between the two establishments is the crust. Here we have thin crust style pies with an assortment of different toppings. From teriyaki chicken and potato bacon to chicken Parmesan and basil chicken ricotta, No Anchovies offers up a solid slice.
- Price: $2.70/cheese slice, $3.25/one topping slice, $3.85/gourmet slice
- Favorite: Potato Bacon – provolone, red potato, cheddar, bacon & green onion
- Where: 870 E. University Blvd.
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A recent graduate of The University of Arizona, Dario spends his off time writing, reading, watching movies, playing sports, scrounging for new music and hanging with his dog, Dex.