When you want to savor some of the best Italian-inspired cooking in metro Phoenix, you'll have to book a table at Tratto, the latest offering from James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Chris Bianco. The intimate 35-seat restaurant in midtown Phoenix is the place to go for hand-made pastas and elegant yet simple small plates brimming with locavore ingredients. It's a must for fans of chef Bianco, or anyone who loves simple yet delicious Italian-inspired fare.
Ready for great pizza? Head to downtown Phoenix, to the flagship location of Pomo Pizzeria Napolitana, where the Neapolitan-style pies are rendered according to the near-ancient pizza-making traditions of southern Italy. It's a great spot to enjoy some killer antipasti, too.
Speaking of antipasti, Cibo is another great destination for excellent wood-fired pizza. The antipasti is worth a stop alone, though, especially the housemade burrata, arrancini and always-crispy calamari.
If you're seeking a fine dining destination, consider Tomaso's, the swanky Arcadia restaurant that has been feeding the Valley high-end Italian fare for decades. Home to the self-proclaimed "Best Lasagna Ever," Tomaso's doesn't disappoint when you're looking for white table cloth ambiance and classic pasta dishes prepared with upscale flair. The wine list runs deep here, especially in the area of Italian reds.