Carmine’s Pizza honors the memory and recipes of Uncle Carmine, a good-natured pizza ingénue who hailed from Brooklyn. Today, Carmine’s nephew recounts his uncle’s passion for food, a dedication that remained until the night Carmine passed away while out making a delivery. On his way back from bringing his signature pizza and garlic knots to a customer stranded by the bad weather, Carmine's car was struck and he was killed. However his legacy lives on through his family and his namesake restaurant.
In the spirit of Uncle Carmine's time-honored pies, the chefs at Carmine's Pizzeria whip up the same hand-tossed pizza recipes as Carmine himself, layering golden crusts with bubbling mozzarella cheese and all manner of meat and veggie toppings. Amid the pizzeria’s exposed brick and red walls, tables hoist amply stuffed calzones, steaming subs filled with veal, italian sausage, and eggplant, and buttery garlic knots that double as Pavlovian conditioning tools for companions who can’t keep their elbows off the table.
At Christina's Italian Restaurant and Bar the herbaceous aromas of fresh-baked calzones and lasagna waft around tables checkered in red and white and into nostrils around an outdoor patio. Drawing on family recipes refined by three generations of Sicilians before her, owner Christina Curley oversees a menu of authentic dishes such as seafood frutti di mare. In the kitchen, cooks assemble dishes from fresh-made dough and sauces made onsite by resident Sicilian grandmothers. On plates, chicken and broccoli join mozzarella inside a golden-brown calzone pocket infused with a garlic white-wine sauce, while steak tip au poire swims in garlic, tomatoes, and white wine.
Housemade dough flies through the air at Gilbert Pizza, as chefs hand-stretch crusts into thin or thick varieties. Bell peppers, artichoke hearts, pineapple, and nearly 20 more fixings can top build-your-own pies. Alternatively, nine types of specialty pizzas—such as a White Pizza topped with whole-milk ricotta—eliminate the burden of choice, like saying "eenie, meeny, miny, moe" to pick which child to love the best. Chefs also sate Italian cravings with bolognese pasta, veal parmigiana, and subs stuffed with sausage and peppers.
Should you ever journey to Italy, you would find the streets lined with the finest Arizonan restaurants, complete with Navajo and cactus décor—which is why it’s only appropriate that the opposite holds true. Tour Italy bite by bite and sight by sight with today’s deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at the authentic Tutti Santi restaurant in Mesa. The restaurant opens for dinner from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. every evening.
Red Brick Pizza’s flame-taming chefs man the restaurant’s ferocious 1,000-degree terra-cotta oven as it sears uncooked pizzas to bubbly, golden brown perfection in just three minutes. Diners give tongues disappointed by delivery pies something to write the rest of the mouth about with a slice of gourmet pizza. A plethora of premium ingredients suspend their deli counter feuds about the best-tasting pork product to collaborate on circular comestibles including the Meat Works, with pepperoni, ham, italian sausage, ground beef, and bacon fighting for space on a creamy mozzarella field, and the new pizza-buffalo pie, a combination of buffalo chicken and hot parmesan crust drizzled with ranch.