The doors open, the smell of authentic New York Italian food washes over you and the waiter yells from across the restaurant, “Hey! Welcome to The Grumpy Sicilian, are you here for the food or for the attitude? We will give you both.” At The Grumpy Sicilian, the New York Italian authenticity permeates far beyond the style of pizza. From the moment...

When Ciao Down Food Truck owner Francine Vonfeldt spoke with theIndy in February, she said that while her initial menu would be deli-style and focused on hot sandwiches, she intended to add Neapolitan-inspired entrées down the road. We would love to try her more traditional Italian offerings, but the Americanized sandwich-centric menu we sample in...

Forno 301 had me sitting with a glass of Montepulciano in the dark and Googling the word "testosterone." With so many Italian words on the menu — acciughe, diavola, salsiccia e funghi — it's easy to get confused here.  As it turns out, the word testosterone is exactly what you think it is. My search results did not show any pictures of red sauce pi...

Put this one on your bucket list. A new restaurant in Ahwatukee is pioneering a concept we never knew we needed in our lives: spaghetti and meatballs in a bucket. You may have seen this on an episode of Scooby-Doo, but this ain't no O'Greazy's Bucket of Fun restaurant. This is the real deal.  The spot is literally called By the Bucket, and it's the...

Mike Candrea wanted to go out his own way. That meant no fuss, no long goodbye. And no sharing news of his retirement during the Women’s College World Series — no matter how much ESPN’s Holly Rowe pleaded with him. The 65-year-old Candrea wanted to make the softball-shaking announcement in Tucson, where it all began. Tuesday in Mckale Center, about...

Following a fiscal year that shattered franchise development records,  Fazoli’s  is taking its expansion strategy to the next level with its most aggressive goal yet. Fazoli’s ended its fiscal year in March, with a record 20 new franchise agreements to develop 50 locations, exceeding the most agreements Fazoli’s had signed in a single year in its 3...

Chicago-style pizza and Italian food chain Oregano’s is set to debut a new takeout-only concept in Tempe next month, the restaurant announced. Oregano’s Takeout Kitchen will debut June 2 at 1705 W. University Dr. and be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., according to a press release. The restaurant will host a job fair on Monday at the location fro...

All it took to connect the Rillito River to the Mediterranean Sea was a shared respect for Old World wisdom and an abiding love of hometown, plus a little inspiration from Uncle Joe. This confluence of culinary cultures is now on display at Zio Peppe, a new restaurant co-owned by Tucson natives and longtime chefs Mat Cable and Devon Sanner. The nam...

The Haunted Group hospitality group, known for putting Cottonwood and Jerome “on the map” as Northern Arizona tourism destinations, elevates Old Town Cottonwood nightlife with their modern container concept: STRADA @ Bocce. This unique venue evokes a “food truck” vibe, inviting guests to order cocktails and beverages from one container, then small...

Below is a list of the top and leading Italian Restaurants in Phoenix. To help you find the best Italian Restaurants located near you in Phoenix, we put together our own list based on this rating points list. Phoenix’s Best Italian Restaurants: The top rated Italian Restaurants in Phoenix are: - L’amore Italian Restaurant – offers fine dining with...