Nick’s Deli & Pizza sates southwestern stomachs with a home-cooked, East Coast–inspired menu stuffed full of scrumptious deli sandwiches and slices of New York–style pizza and cheesecake. Decorate your table with a crispy, cheese pizza ($8.50–$11), which can be appetizingly adorned with toppings ($1.25–$1.50 each) such as pepperoni, mushrooms, bacon, spinach, and barbeque sauce.
For more than 30 years, the pizza makers at Ray's Pizza have been hand-tossing and baking pies that hearken back to old-world Italy by way of New York. Their food can satisfy appetites for both thin- and thick-crust pizza with Neapolitan- and Sicilian-style slices, and curb Italian-food cravings with hot hoagies and pasta dinners. The Scottsdale location's interior is as warm and welcoming as the pies, with TVs, brick-covered columns, and archways that invoke a rustic, European vibe—like a palace painted light brown with cappuccino. The Glendale restaurant, on the other hand, boasts a full-length mural depicting the New York City skyline.
According to legend, an elder Scriblioni was instrumental in building the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and its near failure got the family banned from construction in Italy. If it weren't for that, the story goes, the Scriblionis never would have gotten into the pizza business. Today, the kitchen crew at Mr. Scrib's Pizza crafts its classic pies using the exact same recipe the family perfected in 1961. The dough is made fresh every day, rather than once a month and preserved between the pages of a heavy book. Fresh veggies and a four-cheese blend adorn the tops of these pizzas, and fresh sausage made from a special family recipe is baked right on the pizza, instead of being pre-cooked and then frozen.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a family-friendly buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese, resulting in more than 28 signature pizzas. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, such as cavatappi noodles with classic marinara or alfredo sauce, as well as fully customizable signature salads. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
When Kevin and Barbara Mollohan moved to Phoenix from Ohio in 1986, they brought their passion for Italian food with them. Just a few months later, they opened their own Italian restaurant and started serving everything from shrimp ravioli to pizzas made with Wisconsin provolone. Since then, the restaurant has grown to three times its original size.
Anzio's shareable options include the Mediterranean pizza, which comes with peperoncini, feta cheese, and tomatoes on flatbread. Try the chicken parmigiana sandwich, topped with marinara and provolone, or chicken and broccoli tossed with rigatoni pasta in olive oil and garlic, which replicates the flavors that Italy is famous for. But if the food doesn't convince you, the Mollohans hope the red brick walls and Italian landscape paintings will help transport you to the rolling hills of Naples or down the streets of Rome.
Instead of filling the walls with sports memorabilia, Santisi Brothers Pizzeria and Sports Grill covers them with more than 100 televisions that broadcast nearly every sporting event imaginable. While watching UFC matches and football games, guests dig into slices of New York–style pizza, barbecue buffalo wings, and fresh seafood. Pool tables and dartboards are available for use at any time, and poker tournaments and karaoke nights draw in revelers on a weekly basis.