Italian Restaurants in Arizona

Up to 50% Off Pizza from Empire Pizza & Pub

Downtown Tucson

$20 $12

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New York-style pizzas topped with such ingredients as barbecue sauce, provolone cheese, and genoa salami inside quaint eatery

50% Off at Papa Kelsey’s Pizza & Subs

Mesa

$20 $10

Battered macaroni and cheese wedges prep appetites for create-your-own pizzas, cheese and meat ravioli, and 17 subs fresh from the oven

Up to 57% Off Italian Cuisine at La Prima Donna

Gainey Ranch

$19.90 $11

Regional Italian cuisine filled with homespun flourishes, such as housemade pastas and hand-crushed marinara sauces

50% Off at Francisco's Brick Pizza & Pita's

Chandler

$20 $10

Chefs fire 18 kinds of pizza in a brick oven, including italian-sausage and bacon-cheeseburger varieties

48% Italian Food at Marcello's Pasta Grill

Tempe

$25 $13

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Authentic cuisine made from generations-old recipes—such as brick-oven pizza and seafood-stuffed ravioli—fills plates at family-owned eatery

$11 for Italian Cuisine at Twisted Italian

Peoria

$20 $11

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Chicken-pesto pizza, housemade meatball sandwiches, and eggplant parmigiana with bruschetta

40% Off Italian Food at La Bona Pasta

Coldwater Station Shopping Center

$20 $12

More than a dozen specialty pasta dishes share menu space with tempting veal and seafood choices such as shrimp scampi in champagne sauce

50% Off Italian Fare at Trattoria Arrivederci Ahwatukee

Ahwatukee Foothills

$40 $20

Menu of Italian classics includes calamari sautéed in wine and clam broth and homemade ravioli filled with chicken and portobello mushrooms

Up to 50% Off Pizza Buffet at CiCi's Pizza

Heritage Plaza

$12 $6

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Lining an all-you-can-eat buffet are pizzas made with fresh dough and a variety of toppings, along with pasta, salads, and desserts

Up to 50% Off at Buonos Pizza

Dobson Ranch

$20 $11

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Appetizers such as calamari rings preface pizza, jumbo ravioli, housemade lasagna, and hot or cold subs

Half Off Italian Cuisine at La Torretta Ristorante

Paradise Valley

$50 $25

Butternut squash ravioli baked with brown sugar; multi-layered eggplant with mozzarella; chicken breast sautéed in white wine lemon sauce

Up to 50% Off Pizza and Beer

Downtown Phoenix

$17 $8.50

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Creative pizzas pair with draft beer at this Italian restaurant with alfresco dining and flat-screen TVs

Up to 50% Off Pizza Buffet at CiCi's Pizza

Mesa

$12 $6

Lining an all-you-can-eat buffet are pizzas made with fresh dough and a variety of toppings, along with pasta, salads, and desserts

50% Off Italian Cuisine at Cove Trattoria

Scottsdale

$30 $15

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Brick-oven-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, and Italian-style steaks; seafood pair with red and white wines to tantalize taste buds

$50 or $100 Off Your Dinner Bill at Rare Earth Pizza and Wine Bar

Scottsdale

$50 $25

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Handmade pizzas and wine by the glass or bottle served in second-story dining room or on picturesque deck

Half Off Italian Cuisine for Two or Four at Rosati's Pizza

Hayden/Mcdowell

$30 $15

(28)

Italian cuisine such as specialty gourmet pizzas, pastas, calzones, and sandwiches

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There's nothing humble about Humble Pie's pizza crust: Pulled from wood-fired ovens with a light, bubbly texture that crisps at lightly charred edges, it cracks to release a subtle aroma of smoke and yeast. For owner Tom Kaufman, the recipe demanded two months of tinkering and one month of building an underground vault to keep it from prying eyes. Customers tend to think the time was worth it as they bite into delicate slices topped with careful combinations of veggies, meats and cheeses, often locally sourced.

The potato-and-roasted-garlic pizza, for example, happily marries the fragrances of gorgonzola and rosemary. Retaining a botanical touch even on a meat-lover's pie, the Schreiners Sicilian Sausage sprinkles homemade mozzarella with "sprigs of roasted fennel [that] add another aromatic dimension," according to Phoenix New Times.

While the pizza may push some of the other menu items out of the limelight, fresh salads, grilled sandwiches, and traditional and twisted pastas earnestly pine for appetites' affections. The Our Way" Mac & Cheese adds aged white cheddar, italian bacon, and bread crumbs, distinguishing itself from its boxed brethren while forming an equally fun medium for kids' art projects, while wine, beer, and seasonal cocktails pair well with plates and pies alike.

2333 N 7th St
Phoenix,
AZ
US

Donna DiFiore's metaphorical journey into the restaurant business began with an actual journey. When her friend Elissa told her she was going on a road trip across the country from her hometown in chilly Massachusetts, Donna agreed to join—unaware that she was about discover her life's calling and a new home.

When the women stopped in Tucson, Donna didn't want to leave. As she explained to reporters from Tucson Weekly, "I arrived here—it was Halloween Eve in '76—and everybody was wearing shorts, and it was just gorgeous." Donna took a job at a local eatery, working the floor, serving customers, and eventually rising to the head of the restaurant.

Thirty-eight years later, Donna continues to captain Delectables, which has become a bit of an iconic gathering spot for old and young alike. Returning visitors linger over glasses of wine at the rustic wooden bar, reminiscing over the crème brûlée and live jazz they enjoyed from that very same spot years ago. University students bask beneath the lush foliage of the outdoor patio, awaiting meals of Mexican enchiladas, Italian pastas, and French bistro specialties. Chefs bustle about the kitchen seven days a week, beginning each day by whipping up hearty egg breakfasts before moving onto internationally inspired lunches and dinners. Late in the night on Friday and Saturday, they simmer up an after-dark menu of eclectic nibbles and entrees.

The restaurant is housed in a historical, renovated Harley-Davidson showroom and abounds with unusual knickknacks and antiques, from a cash register from an old hotel in Santa Cruz to a walk-in refrigerator from 1898. Many of the wares and coffee mugs were created by local artists, and the mesquite planks that serve as plates were carved by local craftsmen. The airy space plays hosts to special events throughout the week, including live music from local artists, poetry slams with local poets, and boxing matches between local librarians.

533 N 4th Ave
Tucson,
AZ
US

Though Terry "Joe" Black spent more than two decades in the restaurant and food industries, for many years the notion of opening his own pizzeria remained a wistful one. Smitten with the restaurant business during his college years, he spent the first 15 years of his career working for national chains, then another 10 in food distribution. It wasn’t until Black met and befriended Nick Heddings, owner of Arizona Pizza Company in Tucson, that the gears were set in motion to allow Black to make the leap to ownership, spurred in part by Heddings's support and pizza recipe. Black and his wife, Mary, kept the concept simple: a limited menu centered around tasty, New York–style pizza. They resolved to be fanatical about their customers’ experience and to create a welcoming, neighborhood feel. To further that goal, Black and his family remain active with local schools and organizations to this day.

Their focus on quality and friendliness has paid off. Of Jimmy & Joe’s signature "Serious Slice," blogger Michele Laudig said—as part of the Phoenix New Times’ 100 Favorite Dishes series in 2010—"It's super thin and crisp on the bottom, with puffy, chewy edges." Each gigantic slice is cut from the 24-inch Big Jimmy, arrives on its own metal pan, and, like a celebrity’s engagement ring, is bigger than the average person's head. As testament to its food’s deliciousness, the restaurant has won multiple awards, including the Reader Pick for Best Pizzeria in the East Valley Tribune's 2011 Best of East Valley.

1960 W Baseline Rd
Mesa,
AZ
US

Though Terry "Joe" Black spent more than two decades in the restaurant and food industries, for many years the notion of opening his own pizzeria remained a wistful one. Smitten with the restaurant business during his college years, he spent the first 15 years of his career working for national chains, then another 10 in food distribution. It wasn’t until Black met and befriended Nick Heddings, owner of Arizona Pizza Company in Tucson, that the gears were set in motion to allow Black to make the leap to ownership, spurred in part by Heddings's support and pizza recipe. Black and his wife, Mary, kept the concept simple: a limited menu centered around tasty, New York–style pizza. They resolved to be fanatical about their customers’ experience and to create a welcoming, neighborhood feel. To further that goal, Black and his family remain active with local schools and organizations to this day.

Their focus on quality and friendliness has paid off. Of Jimmy & Joe’s signature "Serious Slice," blogger Michele Laudig said—as part of the Phoenix New Times’ 100 Favorite Dishes series in 2010—"It's super thin and crisp on the bottom, with puffy, chewy edges." Each gigantic slice is cut from the 24-inch Big Jimmy, arrives on its own metal pan, and, like a celebrity’s engagement ring, is bigger than the average person's head. As testament to its food’s deliciousness, the restaurant has won multiple awards, including the Reader Pick for Best Pizzeria in the East Valley Tribune's 2011 Best of East Valley.

3950 W Ray Rd
Chandler,
AZ
US

Wine-kissed seafood, gourmet pizzas, and pastas tossed with velvety cream sauces populate the red-and-white checkered tabletops at Nostalgi’a Cancione E Vino. To prepare satisfying meals, Chef Polo decorates pies with toppings such as artichoke hearts, caramelized onions, and sweet Italian sausage. His team also arranges salmon filets over beds of linguini and scampi sauce, layers mushrooms between spinach and sheets of lasagna pasta, and stuffs ravioli with soft morsels of lobster.

A wine list boasts more than 50 vintages hailing from California to Portugal. More elaborate libations include the Van Gogh espresso martini, which combines chocolate vodka and fresh espresso using the back end of a paintbrush.

4935 W Glendale Ave
Glendale,
AZ
US

The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.

Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.

5001 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale,
AZ
US