New York–Style Pizza | Daily Lunch Specials | Housemade Pasta Sauce | Italian Desserts
Where to Sit: Slip into a booth next to your favorite Hollywood star or starlet. The restaurant’s walls brim with black-and-white photos of the Rat Pack and other classic stars.
When to Go: Head in for lunch, as the restaurant runs different specials every day until 4 p.m.
Inside Tip: If you want a pizza with more than eight slices, simply request that the cooks double cut the slices or chop the whole thing into pocket-friendly squares.
Know Your Ingredients: Brothers Michael and Anthony Casanova put a lot of thought into their ingredients. That means deli meats from Boar’s Head, cheese from Grande Cheese Company, and a handful of other laudable brands.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: If you’re timing is right, head to Gilbert Art Walk (45 W Page Avenue) to listen to live music while shopping for local art. The event takes place place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every first and third Saturday October–March.
After: Ride the Allan Herschell antique carousel at Freestone Park (1045 E Juniper Road).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Pizza, cocktails, and cannolis are the winning combination at Zappone’s Italian Bistro (1652 N Higley Road).
If you?re tired of Arizona's desert landscape, blame the Flancer goat. Legend has it, the greedy little guy saw Arizona?s once-lush land and greenery as a personal buffet?he ate and ate until the landscape became barren. And though he's now extinct, it is said that the goat's shadow can be seen running through the caf? with a satisfied grin on his face.
Lucky for hungry Arizona natives, Flancer?s manages to offer a robust, diverse menu despite its desert location. Sandwiches are built on made-from-scratch breads that are baked throughout the day. They come stacked with unique flavor combos such as filet mignon and caramelized onions, or chicken breast marinated with prickly pear.
Owner Jeff Flancer claims you won?t find the caf?'s bruschetta anywhere else but Flancer?s. The appetizer comes with breaded goat cheese, basil, and tomato piled atop baked-to-order crouton bread. With innovative food offerings such as this, it?s no wonder the restaurant claims to have been "rockin' taste buds" since it opened in 2000.
Despite the name, Fusion Burritos is not a Mexican restaurant. Rather, it is agglomeration of culinary traditions from Italy, Korea, India, Mexico, and America all rolled up into one menu. A burrito forms the base of the eatery?s dishes, stuffed with such pairings as shredded cabbage and Korean barbecue sauce, or Idaho mashed potatoes and brown gravy.
The Parma Italian-influenced burrito offers bites of risotto, cheese, and marinara, while the Seattle-themed handheld is filled with battered pacific whitefish and slaw. Even the salads celebrate different cities, from the Niagara Falls salad?s popcorn chicken tossed in buffalo sauce to the Chicago salad?s smattering of croutons and tears from a Cubs fan. An outdoor dog-friendly patio allows guests to bring along their pets, and a drive thru window is available for those in a hurry.
Flavorsome ingredients and fresh, handmade dough marry in gourmet specialty pizzas such as Mr. C's Meat Lover's Stuffed Pizza Pie (pepperoni, salami, sausage, meatballs, beef, ham, and five cheeses, $18.49 for a 12-inch pie), the hot and spicy barbecue chicken ($12.49 for a 12-inch), and the vegetarian Pizza Bianca (Alfredo sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, romano, fresh basil, black pepper, and black olives, $11.49 for a 12-inch). Indulge in a plate of impeccably prepared pasta such as baked ziti ($10.99), or use this Groupon toward a family-sized portion of meat tortellini ($32.99 for four servings). Italian entree specialties include fettuccini Alfredo with shrimp ($9.99), spaghetti with clams tossed in either a light garlic-butter sauce or classic marinara ($10.99), and eggplant parmesan served with a side of spaghetti, garlic bread, and salad ($9.49). Subs, spicy wings, salads, and desserts round out the menu into a nicely round circle tastier than a traffic circle or rutabaga crop circle.
The dough doyens at Za Za Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co. draw from a menu of authentic Italian eats, sizzling up Napoli-style wood-fired pizza, mixing fresh salads with locally sourced ingredients, and crafting house-made gelato from scratch. Guests can kick off their evening of chewing, chatting, and cowabungaing over a Perella pizza slathered with goat cheese, prosciutto, and garlic atop a crust made with imported Italian low-gluten flour ($12), or the tangy barbecue shrimp pizza with scallions and wood-oven roasted shrimp ($12.50). Otherwise, delve into one of the dozen specialty salads, including the asian salad blended with chicken tenders, mandarin oranges, and wonton crisps ($9.25), or mount a one-sided staring contest with the chefs as they blend custom salads tableside ($5.25 + $0.50–$4/ingredient). A scoop of silky gelato, which is made fresh in-house every morning ($3.75 for a small), joyously arrives at tables to conclude hearty nosh fests.