Chris Bianco,

New York - USA

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Meet Chris Bianco, James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur, whose dedication and innovation have elevated pizza into a refined culinary art. From humble beginnings in the Bronx to an extraordinary career in Phoenix, Arizona, Bianco has raised the simple pizza to international standards.


Chris Bianco started his career at just 13 years old, working at a local pizzeria in Ossining, New York. In 1985, a stroke of luck brought him to Phoenix, Arizona, after winning two plane tickets. There, he began making mozzarella in his apartment, selling it to local Italian restaurants, laying the groundwork for what would become a culinary empire. In 1993,

Bianco opened Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, becoming renowned for his artisanal pizzas and sparking a revolution in the American pizza scene. His restaurant is known for using high-quality ingredients and meticulous preparation techniques that have set a new standard for artisanal dough. Furthermore, Chris Bianco received the James Beard Award in 2003, becoming the first pizza maker to win the award for Best Chef Southwest. He has continued to receive numerous nominations and awards from the James Beard Foundation, solidifying his reputation as a leader in the industry.

In addition to Pizzeria Bianco, he also runs other establishments in Phoenix, including Bar Bianco, Tratto, and Pane Bianco. The pizza maker's culinary philosophy emphasizes the quality of ingredients and craftsmanship in dough preparation. This approach has not only made Pizzeria Bianco a cult culinary destination but has also inspired many other chefs and restaurateurs across the country. Bianco has extended his impact on the global culinary landscape by participating in documentaries and programs, including his appearance in the Netflix series "Chef's Table: Pizza."

These platforms have allowed Bianco to spread his passion for pizza and share his deep industry knowledge, influencing a new generation of chefs. Chris Bianco is not just a pizza maker; he is a pioneer who has transformed pizza from simple street food into a sophisticated culinary experience. His life and career are a tribute to the power of passion, innovation, and commitment to pursuing perfection.


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