Italian Restaurants in Tucson

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Surrounded by vistas of the rising foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the only view more impressive at Anthony’s in the Catalinas than the one from the window is its trophy wall. Among its accolades, Anthony’s counts the Award of Excellence from DiRoNA—the Distinguished Restaurants of North America—and the AAA Four Diamond Award. The restaurant has its chefs to thank for these awards, who tirelessly craft hand-made sausages, slice tender beef medallions, and roast duckling until its buttery and crispy. A pair of experienced sommeliers cultivate a collection of more than 1,700 wines from around the world, a feat which garnered the restaurant the Grand Award from Wine Spectator. The fine beverages reside in the restaurant's underground cellar, which customers can tour if they say one of the magic words “please” or “shazam.”

6440 N Campbell Ave
Tucson,
AZ
US

Dough spins and jumps off chefs' fingertips before being topped with tomato sauce and fresh basil to become margherita pizzas or accumulating salami, black olives, and tomatoes to become a meaty Siciliana pie. Italian-born chef Lorenzo Iacopelli curates a menu of classic pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches, all served in a casual dining room with Italian memorabilia and checkered tablecloths.

4229 W Ina Rd
Tucson,
AZ
US

Solar-powered pizza may sound like an awesome invention of the future, but at Brooklyn Pizza Company, it's already a reality. Rather than using coal, CO2, or a massive hamster wheel to fuel the joint, Brooklyn Pizza Company relies solely on solar energy to bake its pies and keep the lights running. The company has been a local favorite since it was established in 1996, and has built a loyal following thanks to its crunchy, hand-tossed crusts and savory tomato sauce. Garlic knots have become a go-to treat for many customers, and for dessert, award-winning homemade Italian ice and gelato provide refreshing bursts of sweetness. Amid it all, "there's nothing here that will disappoint," according to Tucson Weekly's starred review

534 N 4th Ave.
Tucson,
AZ
US

Solar-powered pizza may sound like an awesome invention of the future, but at Brooklyn Pizza Company, it's already a reality. Rather than using coal, CO2, or a massive hamster wheel to fuel the joint, Brooklyn Pizza Company relies solely on solar energy to bake its pies and keep the lights running. The company has been a local favorite since it was established in 1996, and has built a loyal following thanks to its crunchy, hand-tossed crusts and savory tomato sauce. Garlic knots have become a go-to treat for many customers, and for dessert, award-winning homemade Italian ice and gelato provide refreshing bursts of sweetness. Amid it all, "there's nothing here that will disappoint," according to Tucson Weekly's starred review

534 N 4th Ave
Tucson,
AZ
US

Helmed by Peter and Bree Wilke, Time Market stocks aisles of snacks, cold drinks, and preserves and satisfies sit-down patrons with sandwiches served on house-baked artisan breads and pizzas made with organic and local ingredients. Seated on the market’s renovated outdoor patio, diners split specialty pizzas made with hand-tossed dough and fresh mozzarella cheese and cooked on a stone beside a pecan wood fire. Dine-in and carryout patrons alike enjoy a diverse selection of craft beers and hard-to-find wines along with bread, baguettes, baked goods so local they can give directions to anywhere in town.

444 E University Blvd
Tucson,
AZ
US

Donna DiFiore's metaphorical journey into the restaurant business began with an actual journey. When her friend Elissa told her she was going on a road trip across the country from her hometown in chilly Massachusetts, Donna agreed to join—unaware that she was about discover her life's calling and a new home.

When the women stopped in Tucson, Donna didn't want to leave. As she explained to reporters from Tucson Weekly, "I arrived here—it was Halloween Eve in '76—and everybody was wearing shorts, and it was just gorgeous." Donna took a job at a local eatery, working the floor, serving customers, and eventually rising to the head of the restaurant.

Thirty-eight years later, Donna continues to captain Delectables, which has become a bit of an iconic gathering spot for old and young alike. Returning visitors linger over glasses of wine at the rustic wooden bar, reminiscing over the crème brûlée and live jazz they enjoyed from that very same spot years ago. University students bask beneath the lush foliage of the outdoor patio, awaiting meals of Mexican enchiladas, Italian pastas, and French bistro specialties. Chefs bustle about the kitchen seven days a week, beginning each day by whipping up hearty egg breakfasts before moving onto internationally inspired lunches and dinners. Late in the night on Friday and Saturday, they simmer up an after-dark menu of eclectic nibbles and entrees.

The restaurant is housed in a historical, renovated Harley-Davidson showroom and abounds with unusual knickknacks and antiques, from a cash register from an old hotel in Santa Cruz to a walk-in refrigerator from 1898. Many of the wares and coffee mugs were created by local artists, and the mesquite planks that serve as plates were carved by local craftsmen. The airy space plays hosts to special events throughout the week, including live music from local artists, poetry slams with local poets, and boxing matches between local librarians.

533 N 4th Ave
Tucson,
AZ
US