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.
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.
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.
Meat eaters will not walk away with empty stomachs at Pizza Heaven Bistro, as toppings of housemade lean italian sausage, bacon, and shrimp can be sprinkled atop five sauce bases, such as agave barbecue and chipotle. Even carnivore-friendly pizzas have a healthy touch, however, as all the grease is drained from each topping before it's baked atop the pie, as the owner explained to reporters at My FOX Phoenix.
Still, pizza has long been the food of crowds—but when that crowd contains vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free devotees, it can be hard to keep everyone happy. The food at Pizza Heaven Bistro is like edible crowd control, with options ranging from wheat-less crusts to vegan soy cheese, complemented by more than 40 toppings that make sure pizzas still burst with flavor. A dedicated vegan menu features veggie meatballs dipped in marinara or buffalo sauce and sandwiches stuffed with sauteed vegetables.
Beer and wine can supplement in-house orders, giving groups glasses to raise in triumph when catching sports victories on the restaurant's TV or when the Friday-night house band agrees to play only "Stairway to Heaven" for the rest of the night.