Sal’s Gilbert Pizza

Sal’s Gilbert Pizza 1150 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert 480-633-2226,



First Place: Sal’s Gilbert Pizza

1150 S. Gilbert Road, Gilbert


When Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” visited Sal’s a few years ago, a guest said, “It’s a slice of New York in the middle of the desert.”

That was Sal Cuffaro’s simple business plan 12 years ago, and it always will be whether the cameras are on or off.

Sal built his loyal following because of the ingenious way he combines marvelously foldable pizza with pastas, such as spaghetti and meatballs, ziti and lasagna.

Busy Gilbert workers stream through for a wide slice at lunch. At dinner, families take home boxes of extra pizza slices and scrumptious garlic knots to savor the next day.

Second Place: Venezia’s NY Style Pizzeria

5057 E. McKellips Road, Mesa


2721 S. Ellsworth Road, Mesa


Third Place: Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

2168 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert




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