In honor of the National Italian Food Day on February 13th, we come to you with the best Italian restaurants in the Valley! Italian food is a must, we can all agree on that. The Valley has some of the best and the most variety. So, whether you’re looking for a pasta dish, clams, a mean salad, or some delicious cannolis, we have just the place for you.
15530 N. Tatum Blvd #160, Phoenix
3151 W. Frye Road, Chandler
Sit back and enjoy some of Chef Joey Maggiore’s signature dishes such as Neapolitan Short Rib Cannelloni. This dish consists of pasta sheets stuffed and rolled with short rib ragu, ricotta, mozzarella, and then baked with bechamel ($23). Another unique dish is the build-your-own meatball entree ($19 to $20). Diners can choose their type of meatball, sauce, and pasta base to complete the dish. ($19-20). Finish your meal off with the house-made Tiramisu ($12), made from ladyfingers, espresso, sweet mascarpone, and cocoa.
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15530 N. Tatum Blvd #140, Phoenix
3151 W. Frye Road, Chandler
Stop in at this Italian and Sicilian bakery, cannoli bar, and market for delicious pastries or Italian espresso. The build-your-own cannoli is the perfect Italian treat where guests can choose from a range of cannoli shell sizes to start with and then choose a shell-dipped flavor such as white chocolate, chocolate, and pistachio. Next, fill it with creams like pistachio, cookies and cream, espresso, chocolate, strawberry, lemon, fig, hazelnut, Nutella, biscoff, traditional or seasonal then choose from toppings like sprinkles or chopped nuts. There’s also a gelato bar, espresso bar, and grab-and-go savory pastries, sandwiches, and scones or mini Sicilian-style pizzas.
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3225 E Camelback Rd. Phoenix
Established as one of the best Italian restaurants in the Valley since 1977, Tomaso’s incorporates authenticity and simplicity into all its dishes. Start off with an appetizer such as the Burrata and Prosciutto Tasting ($18), which comes with burrata, vine ripe tomatoes, San Danielle prosciutto, e.v.o.o, and balsalmic pearls. The must-haves are their fresh unique handcrafted pasta dishes such as the Linguini with Clams Sauce ($26), consisting of littleneck clams, roasted garlic, white wine, and parsley. The menu also includes Legendary Specials like Medallions of Filet ($48). This dish is pan-roasted and includes ingredients such as garlic, San Marzano tomatoes, olives, capers, and oregano.
23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite #120, Scottsdale
Want to try a new Italian edition to Scottsdale? The Italian Daughter is the place for you! Created by the daughter of Italian titan, Tomaso Maggiore, this restaurant features elevated Italian cuisine with a twist. Start off with the Traditional Charcuterie ($26) which includes artisanal meats, cheeses, traditional accompaniments, and toast. Next, try one of the many handcrafted pastas such as Penne Vodka and Smoked Salmon ($25) with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese or Spaghetti Carbonara ($22) made with love, pancetta, English peas, organic egg yolk, and Grana Padano.
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