I've already told you about the best Gourmet pizzas in Albuquerque, but if you're a more traditional pizza fanatic like me you'll bypass the artichoke hearts pizzas for the more traditional Green Chile pizzas of New Mexico. It's not that the following pizza joints can't come up with some pretty special offerings, but the pizzas here may look and taste more like what you expect when you think of the word pizza.
Readers of Albuquerque The Magazine have selected their five favorites in this category and you can make your own choice for favorite. Of course, to be fair you need to try them all. Ranking at the top of the list is probably a bit easier if you have thirteen locations which is the case for Dion's Pizza. You'll find them in Colorado Springs, Lubbock, and Las Cruces as well as the Northern New Mexico area. I'm not a fan of Ranch dressing - and I'm pretty sure that puts me in the minority - but Dion's has their own special recipe that they will use to top off your green chile pizza. Apparently that's a favorite so you might want to give it a try.
#2 on the list you'll find Giovanni's Pizza. USA Today has mentioned Giovanni's as the Best Pizza in New Mexico and they have been at the top of the magazine's list in the past so you probably won't go wrong stopping here. And, if you really like it you may be happy to learn that there are over 50 of them scattered around the U.S. to help you in your future travels.
#3 is Mario's with 4 locations in the Duke City. Serving Albuquerque residents since 1972 using Mama Anna’s old family Sicilian recipes - that's the slogan you'll find on the website. Any restaurant that has been around for 40+ years probably has some pretty good food to offer. Be sure and sign up for their VIP Rewards club.
#4 is Pizza 9 with thirteen locations. You can order online and they deliver. The pizza looks great and they also have calzones, salads and appetizers.
#5 is Saggio's. Only one location, but a great one it is, just across the street from the University and my favorite green chile pizza in Albuquerque. You can stop in for lunch. It may be crowded but the service is pretty quick and you can buy your pizza by the slice. Thin pizza with long strips of green chiles on top - great stuff! Go for the decor - I won't try to explain it, but it's worth the visit.
Enjoy your Albuquerque pizza and . . . Keep on Traveling!