Old-country tradition and new-world innovation—Tucson Italian restaurants do it all. The tradition-heavy Caruso’s, for instance, has been twirling pasta onto plates since 1930, with recipes developed by the original chef way back when. Similarly, at Tavolino—which many say is one of the best Italian restaurants in Tucson—Chef Massimo Tenino holds tight to old Italy, wielding recipes from his grandmother and rich handmade pastas. Simpler, more casual fare can be found at Brooklyn Pizza Company, named Best Pizza in Tucson by readers of Tucson Weekly for the New York–style pies it fires in a solar-powered oven.

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