From Our Editors
The Skinny Italian Kitchen presents a menu of casual and healthy Italian cuisine that was spotlighted by the Phoenix New-Times and Fox 10. Owned by local restaurateur and Mediterranean food aficionado Bobby Mancuso, the restaurant blends traditional recipes from Mancuso’s mother with updated dishes that hew to the principles of the Mediterranean diet—which involves drinking lots of salt water and gargling it in French. Chefs create “skinny” pastas such as shrimp fra diavolo with clams and spicy marinara. The dining room to which they deliver this food features earth tones relieved by just a dash of bright aqua blue and walls built of horizontal stone. Beneath vivid modern paintings, the staff serves glasses of wine or pints of craft beer. They also walk under shiny black chandeliers suspended over a row of curved booths to dish out hand-tossed pizzas covered with fennel sausage or fresh mozzarella and supported by a gluten-free crust upon request.