Drawing on skills he refined at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Scottsdale, Benvenuti's Ristorante's executive chef, Anthony Compagni, deftly incorporates contemporary touches into the menu's traditional, Old-World recipes. Hints of saffron lend a twist to the lobster ravioli, and herb-crusted lamb chops appear alongside sautéed watercress and greek yogurt. Although he imports handmade pastas from Abruzzo, Italy, Compagni also makes mozzarella in-house and sources local, organically grown produce whenever possible.
Wooden cube shelves dominate the dining room's brick walls and display a selection of wines from the restaurant's 150-bottle-strong wine list, which includes representative tipples from countries around the world. A rolling, library-style ladder allows servers to effortlessly snag a bottle from the higher shelves without the hassle of welding spare corkscrews into a jetpack.
Jo's pizzas are always made in house from fresh ingredients, customized to each customer's specifications, and baked in a flaming inferno of fiery pizza-love. Jo's offers four sizes of pizza to satisfy the hunger of rapidly expanding stomach collectives—10 inch, 12 inch, 14 inch, and 16 inch. Choose any of Jo's 27 toppings to play a pizza solo ($8.95, $12.95, $15.95, $19.95), or go straight for one of Jo's famous specials ($11.95, $16.95, $20.95, $25.95). Devour the meatlessly beefy veggie special (olive oil and garlic sauce, spinach, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms) or eat an appropriate Sooner (red sauce with bacon, chicken, sausage, hamburger, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and hot-link slices). For a surprise, get the Gift and turn any pizza on the menu or of your imaginative creation into a small, medium, large, or extra-large calzone, proving that you can have your pie and fold it over into a calzone too. Wash it all down, or just pour a soda over your meal beforehand, with a soft drink (kids $1, adults $1.95).
Othello's has been dishing out authentic Italian eats in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere since 1973. A salivary-gland punching perusal of the menu reveals fried calamari sprinkled liberally with parmesan cheese and served with a sidecar of cocktail sauce ($7.99), along with a fresh caprese salad ($8.99) to spike the net of your flavor sensors. Savor a center-cut fillet grilled to grilly perfection ($20.99), or the chicken marsala served with a side of spaghetti ($13.99). Fettuccini alfredo ($8.99) and portobello parmigiana ($9.99) round out a list of classic selections, much like a viewing of The Terminator at a bildungsroman marathon. Pizza pies are available with scrumptious toppers such as olives, artichokes, garlic, and fresh basil (starting at $10.99 and ranging up to $14.99 for a 16" with unlimited toppings). Friendly, even-handed staff members dole out sage advice to patrons deliberating over which dessert, wine, or martini best complements their meal or complexion.
The chefs at the locally owned and operated All American Pizza bake up classic and specialty pies adorned with toppings to please many tastes. Meaty morsels include pepperoni, sausage, bacon, and beef, and pieces of colorful produce include green peppers, black olives, tomatoes, and pineapple. The alfredo-chicken specialty pizza transports sliceholders to Italy, and the hawaiian pizza ferries the salty-tangy combo of canadian bacon and pineapple to taste buds. Calzones keep their cheesy fillings and love of rom-coms hidden inside a golden-brown crust, which dunks gracefully into a side of marinara sauce.
Fontana Italian Restaurant's family of epicures transforms fresh pastas, meats, and seafood into plate-bound celebrations of flavor and texture. The chefs forge baked pastas–such as manicotti and eggplant roletini–with smooth ricotta cheese, and coat chicken and veal in crunchy breading and gooey mozzarella. Topped with pepperoni, sausage, and onions, specialty pizzas come in three different sizes, much like bullfrogs' yearbook photos.
At Napoli's, reverent chefs recreate the tastes of their Old World ancestors in the form of scratch-made pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches. Build-your-own pies arrive sprinkled with 100% real provolone and toppings ranging from pepperoni, ham, and bacon to onions, black olives, and green peppers. Doused in house-made sauces, Napoli's pastas include Italian mainstays such as spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, and five-cheese lasagna. Their sandwich menu continues the old country love fest, filling plates with Mediterranean specialties including chicken cacciatore subs, meatball heroes, and paninis cut into the shape of Silvio Berlusconi.