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Phoenix pizzeria named a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list

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One Phoenix restaurant was honored by being named a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Pizzeria Bianco made the “50 restaurants to try before you die” list by Thrillist, which is a food, drink and travel website.

If you’ve had any artisanal pizza in America ever, then you have Chris Bianco to thank. In ’88, the Phoenix chef returned home after years studying in Italy and a brief stint in New York and opened Pizzeria Bianco, which single-handedly launched the now-rampant pizza movement as other chefs studied his crisp-yet-chewy crust, and the delicate ingredients and lightly sauced web spread out from Phoenix. Go here, and raise a (perfectly balanced) margherita toast to express thanks that your takeout has upgraded by leaps since you were a kid.

Pizzeria Bianco can be found near the cross-sections of 7th and Washington streets in downtown Phoenix, and is still led by the well-known Chef Bianco.

According to its website, Bianco won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest region in 2003.

The Phoenix eatery was the only restaurant from Arizona to make the top 50.

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