There comes a time every year when we take the opportunity to celebrate Italian heritage. This is especially true if you happen to be Italian, but even if you’re not, you can find various ways to enjoy the festivities — and in Phoenix, one of the best ways to do that is by treating yourself to some of the best international cuisine that the Boot has to offer. Below, you’ll find some of the best Italian restaurants in Phoenix for Italian Heritage Month.
4041 E Thomas Rd #107, Phoenix, AZ 85018
This prized family-owned gem is a much-loved destination for Italian cuisine. The food is authentic, freshly made, and crafted from recipes that have been passed down for generations. If there’s any place where you would celebrate Italian Heritage Month, this would have to be one of them!
E Indian School Rd #10, Phoenix, AZ 85016
This award-winning eatery has stayed in the family, but its delicious dishes are well known throughout the Valley, as is the Giuseppe’s atmosphere of no frills, no reservation required, and a true sense of the Italian dining experience. So whether it’s handmade pasta or one of several gourmet bruschette (that’s plural for bruschetta), you’re in the right place if you find yourself “On 28th”.
1505 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
Owned and operated by Chris Bianco, this restaurant is one of many that feature elevated versions of rustic Italian eats — whether it be a scrumptious dessert or a hearty dinner. This James Beard award-winning chef uses local artisans and farmers to help make his dishes stand out, inspired by not only Italy, but the surrounding desert where he’s built his name.
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Not much to explain here: Bianco also has a pizzeria that has won hearts and stomachs, offering wood-fired creations including the classic Pizza Margherita or signature pies like the White Pizza, which many contest is the best pizza around — or anywhere else. Whichever types you try, prepare to be amazed.
2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
A popular joint featuring Italian fare and a few American bites to boot, this spot located in CityScape downtown is worth the trip, even if it’s just for an appetizer like the clams and mussels served in a white wine and citrus garlic sauce. Or you could go for a hearty meal as well, like some pasta or the Italian Hottie — and yes, that’s a sandwich, okay? And it definitely deserves to be one of the best Italian restaurants in Phoenix.
201 E Washington St Suite 201, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Known for their Northern Italian dishes as well as for treating their patrons like famiglia, this hot spot for dinner features steak and veal dishes, gnocchi and meatballs, prime rib sandwiches, and even more nuanced eats like a brisket and chuck burger dressed with mozzarella. Needless to say, there’s more than enough variety here to enjoy the go-to fare of the Italian experience!
Featured Image Credit: Pizzeria Bianco Website