Before pizza-mania hit America, cheese, sauce, and dough had to pay their dues overseas, working on their harmonies and fantasizing of one day achieving top billing on the menu. Capture the delicious hysteria with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of artisan pizza and sandwiches at Florencia Pizza Bistro in Ahwatukee.
With an artisan’s touch and a palette that tickles the palate, Florencia Pizza Bistro bakes up fluid restorations of traditional favorites. Vibrant and inventive selections, such as the 14-inch Snow White—extra virgin olive oil, fresh basil, and minced garlic atop a hot tundra of cheese ($14.95)—adjust pupils in preparation for specialty pizzas such as the Melanzane—carefully placed eggplant, chicken, and feta cheese sprawled out across a thin, crispy canvas crust ($18.95). Dining draughtsman can design their own pizza masterpieces, selecting from a menagerie of 39 indulgent meats, cheese, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, while the slice averse confide in calzones stuffed with spinach ($9.25) or sausage and mushroom ($10.25).
Florencia flings a slew of other eats that wander outside the pizza's circumferential borders. Sandwich snobs drop guard and cry olive-oil tears at the sight of the bistro's italian submarine, stuffed to the gills with salami, lean ham, pepperoni, and mozzarella ($7.95). Conversely, imploded sammich lovers can freely hang fangs on a range of paninis amplified by chicken, veggies, and dip such as balsamic vinaigrette, ranch dressing, and oozed panini-filling perched precariously on the plate ($8.95).
Florencia Pizza Bistro
At Florencia Pizza Bistro, spreading tomato sauce on a disk of housemade crust is indeed tradition, but a tradition that has a few exceptions. The Snow White—a recipe that has been with the bistro staff for more than 30 years—arranges basil, minced garlic, tomatoes, and cheese atop extra-virgin olive oil. Eight specialty pizzas and five pesto pizzas embrace this tomato-less approach, allowing the richness of toppings such as walnuts, italian sausage, and kalamata olives to hold the tongue's attention.
With the menu as their guide, guests can select a pre-established pizza or build an original one of their own. Gluten-free crust and low-fat cheese options accommodate dietary restrictions, and half-baked pizzas allow patrons to heat up their meals later, in the comforts of their gym’s sauna. Calzones, sandwiches, and panini—made with the same housemade pizza crust for bread—also wrap meats and veggies in a toasty embrace.