If you've never had authentic Italian pizza, then what you think is pizza might in fact be a cunningly disguised pretzel. Today's Groupon clears up the confusion: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fare at Classic Italian Pizza in the Lake Country Village Shopping Center in Tempe.
Named the Best Pizza in Phoenix by Phoenix magazine, Classic Italian Pizza spins traditional Italian specialties, which pair well with an extensive wine list and a comfortable, rustic setting. The pies are created using fresh ingredients that are hand-picked daily, homemade cheese and sausage, and a brick oven (pizzas range $10.75–$17.75 depending on toppings). Wines come on wine-barges from around the world (most glasses $6.50–$10) and can be sipped in a cozy dining room that channels Italy with stucco painted walls and soft lighting.
The Phoenix New Times named Classic Italian Pizza the Best Neighborhood Pizzeria in Tempe and American Way magazine included it in its feature on U.S. pizzerias. Yelpers give it an average of four stars and Citysearchers give it an average of five stars. Seventy-nine percent of Urbanspooners recommend Classic Italian Pizza:
- Toppings steer clear of novelty and stick to tradition, although deliciously so. Try the homemade pork sausage with wood-roasted mushrooms, onions, peppers, mozzarella, and tomato sauce, or enjoy a simple combo of mozzarella, garlic, and fresh basil. – Phoenix New Times
- This tiny shop may be the best pizzeria you’ve never heard of. – Jeremy White, American Way magazine
Classic Italian Pizza
Named one of the area's top five restaurants by the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Phoenix and Scottsdale and dubbed best neighborhood pizza by Phoenix New Times, Classic Italian Pizza lavishes diners with a slew of dough-based Italian specialties. Swirls of heat from piping hot pies float through the air of the eatery, where patrons can watch as their pizzas and calzones emerge from the arched opening of an oversized brick oven in a puff of savory aromas and Caribbean vacation photos. Artfully selected topping combinations preen atop crusts in classic arrangements, or customized from the menu's slate of 25 gourmet toppings. Meanwhile, palates stay balanced with Italian soda, imported beer, or almost two dozen wine options.
1030 E Baseline Rd.
Tempe, Arizona 85283Get Directions