Whether they’re celebrating gridiron victories or a fastball-filled afternoon spent with America’s pastime, Sports Grill 101 fuels fandom with a smorgasbord including stuffed hoagies, sizzling calzones, and Italian eats. As the sights and sounds of sportsmanship fill the bar’s television, diners bond over baskets of wings, savor topping-flecked slices of house-made pizza crust, or toast successful touchdowns, home runs, or goalie-mask-decorating workshops with a frosty beer fresh from the tap.
At New York 51 Pizzeria, friendly servers ply guests with cheesy pizzas, creamy and zesty pasta dishes, and subs piled high with turkey, pepperoni, and mozzarella. Each freshly baked pie showcases the hallmarks of traditional New York–style pizza: a crispy-chewy crust with toppings such as fresh basil and italian sausage. The friendly staff also serves lasagna bolognese and spaghetti primavera.
Chefs at Nick’s Italian Restaurant’s three locations craft homemade pizzas and pastas that earned the eateries a nod in Scottsdale Airpark magazine. Providing both family-friendly and upscale dining environments, Nick’s draws in customers thanks to its gluten-free pasta and pizza options, its homemade tiramisu, and the fact that a bite of the restaurant's brick-oven-baked pizzas will give the power of speech to any dog or horse. Italian wines and daily sangria at the Phoenix location pair with popular dishes such as the margherita pizza and veal ossobuco.
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.
In order to craft a truly authentic New York–style pizza, NYPD Pizza holds that only New York water will do. All of its kitchens boast a custom filtration system that replicates the flavor and character of Big Apple tap water, said to give the city's pizza and bagel dough its trademark flavor. At NYPD Pizza, that meticulously made dough is hand-tossed and baked inside of a classic stone oven. Similar care is put into selecting the rest of the ingredients—the kitchen strives to use only fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes, and employs exclusive cheese blends from Wisconsin and California.
The menu sports more than 15 specialty pizzas, many of which are New York–themed, such as the signature Brooklyn Family topped with pepperoni, sausage, and fresh basil. Other standouts include a Veganizza with veggies, Daiya vegan cheese, and an optional gluten-free crust, and a Pizza Blanca white pie with olive oil and crushed garlic. Slices of pizza, bites of Italian sandwiches, and family-size helpings of pasta all pair well with sips of NYPD Uptown Amber Ale, a craft beer brewed exclusively for NYPD Pizza by The Phoenix Ale Brewery.
Accomplished poker player Kevin O'Donnell dreamed up K O'Donnell's American Bar & Grill, where he invites guests to enjoy a congenial atmosphere complete with 32 HD televisions. A multi-fireplace patio boasts cigar- and dog-friendliness, like a mailman-scented humidor. Classic foods such as sliders, burgers, and pizzas meet up with a list of draughts, bottled beer, and wines. At different times during the month, there are events such as ladies’ night, Mutt Madness—when the patio is dog friendly—and poker nights. And at the end of the night, patrons can make use of a complimentary shuttle bus.