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.
Lux is a coffee lovers' ultimate paradise. Unique, exotic, local and international blends are all available at this coffee bar located at the North Central Avenue. Although coffee is the highlight, enjoy fresh baked goods every morning as well as light bites and savory mains for lunch and dinner. On the walls, find works by local artists that change every week giving the place an art-gallery like feel. Free Wi-Fi allows you to catch up on work while on your coffee break and the friendly staff makes every customer feel at home. They also have an outdoor seating area. Open till the late, Lux is one of the best places in Phoenix for your caffeine fix.
Crudo is one of the trendiest spots in Phoenix for cocktails, contemporary Italian cuisine and seafood. The menu is divided into sections including crudo featuring raw fish, cotto featuring cooked dishes, the mozza cheese menu and griglia grilled menu. Diners can choose to order a-la-carte or choose three, four or five course pricing options. The bar menu is full of incredible craft cocktails as well as an great wine selection.
In-the-know locals frequent this unassuming little wine bar in the Phoenix's Arcadia neighborhood (there are two others as well, one in Gilbert and the other in Downtown Phoenix). In a city buzzing with strip-mall cuisine, Postino is hidden a residential neighborhood, where the kitchen serves wonderful helpings of the Italian countryside, the Napa Valley, the South of France and the Mediterranean coast. The wine selection rotates every few months but Californian and Italian labels are the most common, with a few French wines and a handful of Argentinian ones added for good measure. Beer lovers can appreciate the selection as well, with the stellar Guinness on draft or the Alesmith IPA.
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.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is a chic and classy cocktail bar and restaurant which is located in downtown Phoenix. The restaurant serves a variety of delicious seasonal dishes such as Pappardelle Veal and Schreiner’s Sausage Ragu, and Trout Golden Raisins, Capers, Green Beans and Brown Butter. The bar is known for its varied cocktail list. These crafted concoctions perfectly complement the dishes served. Sharing plates of food and a cozy yet trendy ambiance makes this a great hangout for friends.
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.
Located at CityScape, downtown Phoenix's entertainment hub, The Arrogant Butcher boasts an ultra-hip vibe and a contemporary American kitchen led by Chef Andrew Ashmore. A popular spot on the social scene, this restaurant is best if looking to catch the day's game, host a private party, celebrate with happy-hour specials, indulge in romantic conversations or rub shoulders with state politicos. There's never a dull moment even when it comes to the menu which covers appetizers of zucchini fritters, mains of jambalaya and sweet potato tortellini and dessert that includes salted caramel pudding and warm peanut butter cup. The minimalistic interiors with plush sofas, portraits on the wall and mood-enhancing lighting adds to the upscale, 1960s feel of the place.
Locally known as the place to get a cup of hipster coffee, Cartel Coffee Lab is focused on making a cup of coffee or other caffeinated concoction in the best way possible. All of their beans are single-origin and the somewhat high prices often reflect their exotic provenance. However, once you taste these beans infused in water or milk, you will know where this extra coin went. With a few other locations around Phoenix and Tucson, Cartel has quickly monopolized the high-end coffee market in AZ.
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.