At The Whining Pig, friends and neighbors gather to nibble on cheese and charcuterie or freshly baked cookies while sipping glasses of wine and frosty beer. Guests imbibe the fine wines and beers at a shiny bar top decorated in a varnish of pennies—an ostentatious display of $32.67 in spare change. They can also relax at tables near the tavern's chalkboard wall, pausing every so often to add their own doodles. In the kitchen, the proprietor's dad slices up sausage from Schreiner's, pairing the meats with fresh fruits and savory cheeses for plates that perfectly accompany the vino.
The menu at Italian Spoon sticks to the classics, presenting eggplant parmigiana and customizable pasta-and-sauce combos such as rigatoni with roasted garlic alfredo. Sharing the stage with Italian meals are gyros, philly cheesesteaks, and fish and chips made with codfish or catfish hand-dipped in house-made cornmeal or English-style batter.
Flavors from Oaxaca, Cuba, and Yucatan add depth to the menus at Fuego Bistro restaurants, three gourmet Mexican oases that pride themselves on their modern culinary touches. Among the warm reds and yellows and inviting black wicker chairs at the original Fuego Bistro, diners dig into ancho-dusted salmon croquettes and a seafood chili relleno with lobster cream-chili sauce.
In 1957, 21 men who cared deeply about their Italian heritage as well as their community in Phoenix came together to found the Arizona American Italian Club. Today, the club continues to be a resource for Italian Americans and their neighbors living in the area. Along with housing a lounge and Italian eatery, the club hosts bingo and bocce games, as well as events such as fashion shows, Italian car shows, wine tastings, and spaghetti nights. Each month, club members sponsor a different charity and rain cloud, furthering their support and investment in the Phoenix community.
The founders of The Parlor Pizzeria couldn’t have asked for a better play on words. Housed inside what was once the Salon de Venus beauty parlor, this pizza parlor, somehow, managed to reuse and incorporate 95% of the previous tenant’s materials into its chic Italian aesthetic, according to a piece by archdaily.com. Classic black salon chairs, for instance, line the bar, while the old sprinkler system was remade into light fixtures, a wine storage sculpture, and even a fireplace. Heavy on concrete, wood, and leather, the unique design is modern to say the least; yet, it melds well with the restaurant's old-world cuisine. The obvious mainstay is of course, pizza. But not just any pizza. Pizza the Food Network just happened to name as one of the 50 best in entire country. Guests can order their pie a dozen ways: there's the classically simply margherita, for example, while the mare pizza lies at the other end of the delicious spectrum topped with clams, blue crab, charred scallions, serrano chilies, and pancetta. No matter the toppings, each and every pie bakes to a perfect crisp consistency inside The Parlor's imported Italian pizza oven. And though the pizza can't be beat, customers shouldn't overlook the remainder of the menu. True to form, everything is made from scratch, including the bread sandwiching the burgers and grinders, the pasta (think spicy seafood linguini, fettuccini agnello, and shrimp and salt-cod ravioli), and even the spicy giardiniera. In fact, it seems the only thing not made in-house is the vast libation selection, which includes creative house cocktails, 22 wines, and 16 beers available by the snifter, half pitcher, or frozen on a stick.
Since 1997, The Armadillo Grill has entertained diners—who lovingly call the neighborhood spot "The 'Dillo"—with more than 40 televisions, two pool tables, and dartboards. Of course, the staff also presents a menu, and it's chock full of eclectic American food. Appetizers of spicy Louisiana shrimp and Thai chicken skewers wake up somnolent appetites and the culinary show goes on with mouth-watering pastas, grilled sandwiches, and seasoned meats. To make the dining experience complete, The Armadillo Grill pours glasses of international wine or draft brews, such as Firestone Walker IPA. And the little Dillo kid's menu brings out smaller portions of the restaurant's signature burger and pasta.