Cibo (food in Italian) serves freshly baked hand-tossed pizzas with toppings of mozzarella, basil, garlic, smoked salmon, zucchini and more. The best in organic produce is imported so that you can taste the authentic Italian flavor. Choose a more complex preparation such as the Bresaola; a type of salad or the Pear Salad for those health conscious moments. Mini crepes with whipped cream topped with berries and Nutella make for a lovely dessert.
Phoenix foodies know that La Grande Orange Grocery is a great one-stop shop for gourmet groceries, organic coffee, but the adjacent pizzeria really stands out as well. Here, guests enjoy pizzas from the classic Margherita to the more eclectic roasted corn, tomatoes and goat cheese, whatever you choose, the ingredients are always local and in season. Other menu items besides the pizza include burgers, rotisserie chicken and fresh salads. To accompany the food, they offer a great selection of cocktails, craft beers and wines.
If you are a fan of green and red chillies sauces, Mexican-style chorizo sausage, hefty burros and sauce-soaked enchiladas, then find your way here. The Mexican comfort cuisine is inexpensive and the service is fast and friendly. It gets extremely busy here at lunch, so come early or plan to wait. Though the decor is simple, it offers a full range of Sonoran-style Mexican dishes such as burros, enchiladas, tacos, plus hand-made tamales and tortillas.
Occupying a historic 1929 building in popular Heritage Square, Pizzeria Bianco is one of the many establishments opened by celebrated chef Chris Bianco. As its name implies, the restaurant focus is pizza; with pies made with handcrafted mozzarella and topped with the finest produce from local sources. The restaurant has the classic Margherita or the slightly adventurous Rosa, made with onion, parmigiano, rosemary and AZ pistachios. The best time to visit is for lunch, because dinner service is usually crowded. If you are put on a list, head next door to Bar Bianco for a glass of wine and some crostini while you wait for your table.
Established in 1990, Arcadia Farms Cafe is hidden away in downtown Scottsdale, and is a cozy cottage serving gourmet goodies which will tantalize your taste-buds. At lunch, soups, salad and sandwiches make up most of the menu. They are all house-made, healthy, fresh and flavorful. At dinner, the entrees are sophisticated and heartier. Do not forget to try the pork tenderloin with Portobello and artichoke or the roasted halibut with mustard glaze and caramelized cabbage. The menu also features scrumptious desserts made of quality ingredients. Unwind over exquisite drinks with friends and family as you relax in the welcoming space. Arcadia offers catering and event planning services as well.
Oregano's Pizza Bistro in Old Scottsdale keeps growing by leaps and bounds. A full range of creative pizzas, pastas, salads and appetizers are served in a setting that draws people like a magnet. Their oven fresh pizza cookie dressed with vanilla ice cream is a must have when you are here. There is definitely something for everyone here at this inventive pizza bistro.
In 1929, the place was a burger joint and gin mill, complete with bookmakers in the back taking bets. Tom's captures much of that feel with vintage pictures and classy decor. Serving sandwiches like the French dip, turkey club and an old-fashioned Reuben, this tavern also features a daily Blue Plate Special, some salads and a hearty lunch menu.
Located right in the heart of Downtown Phoenix, Counter Burger brings the build-your-own-burger concept to businessmen and women in the financial district. Here, guests receive a menu that features some insane burger combinations. For example, the Korean BBQ is served with sliced cucumber, grilled red onions, a daikon and carrot mix then topped with BBQ inside a Brioche bun. The Bison with Bite comes with cheddar, pickles, onion, mustard and Worcestershire. If you choose to forego one of their creations, you can build your own starting with your choice of meat, type of cheese, sauces, toppings and then bread. Moreover, the Counter prepares superb handcrafted cocktails and the barkeeps sling plenty of local craft beer.
The Strand is an upscale take on traditional Italian osterias. Located in Phoenix’s cosmopolitan district, this restaurant is a great addition to downtown’s dining scene. Its menu features Italian classics with a contemporary twist, paired well with specialty cocktails. Savor their famous anti-pasta, drunken cheesy bread (ciabatta dunked in wine and broiled with cheese on top), and lobster mac and cheese. Their eclectic decor highlighted by red hues gives this place character.
Established in 1976, Steve's Greenhouse Grill is conveniently located near Downtown Phoenix's major attractions. Acclaimed for their burgers, their classic American fare is equally noteworthy. Relish your meal with a micro brew or any other drink of choice while watching a game live on their big screen. Regular live music is played on their huge patio giving local musicians a chance to display their talent.
When the Japanese characters for 'Harumi' are defined in English, it roughly translates to 'Springtime Beauty'. Harumi is also a very popular girl's name in Japan, but despite the origins of the name, this sushi bar exemplifies fresh, springtime beauty on all its plates. The first thing diners will notice is that their favorite rolls use Black Rice, a much healthier version of the familiar white rice. The black rice when cooked subsequently turns a dark purple color, something which makes the rolls stand out on the plate. All of the familiar rolls are on the menu in addition to some signature ones like the massive Oh My God Roll which comes with perfectly smoked eel or the tangy Mango Crunch served with a soy glaze. The Chirashi here is also a good bet and if you order it, this seafood rice hodgepodge will definitely make you return.
This swanky little breakfast meeting spot on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Downtown has first-rate service. Try classic American cuisine or Mediterranean fare for breakfast, lunch or dinner daily at Terrace Café. Breakfast menu items like Belgian Waffles, savory omelets, or a Mediterranean Frittata. Lunch offerings include Greek Salads, soups and sandwiches. For dinner, try the Paella Valenciana; a flavorful concoction of shellfish, chorizo, chicken and saffron rice. Call first for reservations, as they are often busy.