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The chefs at Classic Italian Pizza load up handmade pizzas with toppings such as imported prosciutto and roasted spinach, then cook them in a brick oven in view of salivating diners. Four-meat pizza forms a savory barbershop quartet of pepperoni, tuscan salami, lean ham, and house-made italian sausage ($17.75), and the eggplant-parmesan pizza ($13.75) slathers sliced eggplant parmesan in olive oil to make it easier to fit through a keyhole. Oven-baked asparagus wraps itself in prosciutto to start off meals ($9.75), and homemade tiramisu pairs with wine varietals from across Italy ($6.50–$10 for most glasses) to cap them. Framed art decks the walls of the stucco dining room, and exposed brick recalls summers spent juggling bricks for the amusement of neighbors.
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.