Amadeo’s Pizza

Amadeo's Pizza is where the arcade's golden age meets Italian culinary tradition, offering a slice of ABQ life that's as generous in flavor as it is in size, all with a playful spirit that's been capturing hearts since the late '80s.


Mark Stensland

5/25/20231 min read

"Amadeo's Pizza: A Slice of Albuquerque's Heart Since '87"

Picture this: It's 1987 in Albuquerque, and the aroma of baking pizza begins to weave its way through the city. Fast forward to today, and Amadeo's Pizza has become a rite of passage for the local youth, especially those spilling out of Sandia Prep, hungry for more than just knowledge. With a backdrop of arcade classics like Donkey Kong and the glow of an 85-inch TV, it's a slice of nostalgia served up with a side of modernity.

But the real show? It's behind that exhibition window, where pizza artisans work the dough like street performers, drawing an audience with every stretch and toss before the grand finale in the conveyor oven. And, oh, the versatility! From the comfort of spaghetti and meatballs to the hearty embrace of Stromboli, Amadeo's doesn't play favorites with Italian classics.

The vibe is unapologetically laid-back—counter service, casual chats, and a slice so big it feels like a meal. And the crusts? Whether you're a thin-crust purist, a regular Joe, or a deep-dish devotee, they've got your back... and your takeaway box.

But here's the kicker: where else can you crown your enormous slice with artichokes for a mere three bucks? And for those who live on the edge, ask for that extra-crispy crust. Just 60 more seconds in the oven, and you've got that crunch that echoes through the ages.