Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana is the first and only pizzeria in Arizona certified "Verace Pizza Napoletana" from the VPN association based in Napoli, Italy. The pizzeria prides itself on creating authentic pizza creations using the same methods that have been practiced in southern Italy for hundreds of years. The kitchen uses the slow levitation method to make the homemade dough from scratch. All natural ingredients and a blast-cooking process in the restaurants wood burning oven means all flavors are locked in and the dough remains slightly moist. This makes the pizza crust soft and digestible, a hallmark of authentic Napoletana pizza.
Chris Bianco's celebrated pizza evokes memories of Naples. A wood-fired brick oven and a passion for quality make Bianco's traditional Neapolitan pizza crust a work of art. The restaurant was famously short-listed by New York critics as one of the best pizza destinations in the country. Each and every one of the masterpieces served is made from scratch with the finest ingredients. The only drawback? You may have to wait for a great pizza, because the place is no secret. Reservations accepted only for parties of six or more. The good news is that Bianco and company recently opened up a second location at the Town & Country Shopping Center.
This Asian-style teahouse was an immediate sensation at its debut back in 2010, famous for the artistic sensibilities of local superstar chef Nobuo Fukuda. The chef-artist is a critical darling for his iconoclastic take on traditional Japanese cuisine. By day, nosh on the elegant small plates and light, impeccably constructed salads, sandwiches and bowls. In the evening, the dinner menu is divided between appetizers, cold dishes and warm dishes, all featuring seasonal ingredients, fresh fish and always-unexpected pairings. The real star of the show at Nobuo is the omakase (chef's choice) menu, extravagant, reservations-only multicourse affairs that take place on the weekends.
A little slice of Jamaica is tucked away in downtown Phoenix at The Breadfruit, an award-winning restaurant specializing in modern Jamaica cuisine. The ambiance is causally elegant and vibrant, and the menu features locally sourced meats, cheeses and breads, wild caught seafood and locally grown organic produce. Traditional island dishes include Jerk Chicken off the grill, beef oxtail soup and molasses fried lollipops. Start your dinner with the rum glazed prawns and roti flatbread, featuring salt water prawns sauteed in rum, goat cheese over grilled roti. The Breadfruit is a great place to sample traditional Jamaican fare without having to leave the country.
La Piazza PHX is a tiny downtown Phoenix pizzeria that boasts true Neapolitan-style pizza (certified by the "Verace Pizza Napoletana" from the VPN association based in Napoli, Italy). In a city of great pizza, La Piazza stands out for its strict adherence to the traditions, ingredients and cooking methods of Naples. The mozzarella and dough are homemade, and the tomatoes are imported from San Marzano, Italy. The dough is light, the crust is crispy, and the sauce is delicious, simmering with the flavors of high quality extra virgin olive oil. Along with great specialty pizzas, the restaurant also serves salads, panini, antipasti, pasta dishes and a small but delightful selection of homemade desserts. The restaurant also has another location in historic downtown Glendale.
Moira Sushi Bar & Kitchen is located in the hip Roosevelt Row section of downtown Phoenix. The restaurant expands on tradition Japanese cuisine, integrating bold flavors, global influences and local seasonal ingredients. The menu is all about unexpected pairings and flavors, created with impeccable dedication to Japanese tradition. Try the kara-age from the izakaya menu, tender fried chicken, seaweed, togarashi. From the sushi menu, specialty rolls such as the hamachi belly, scallop and white tuna are prepared with refinement. From the makimono menu, the dragon, crab mix, topped with unagi, sweet eel drizzle, and roasted seaweed, burst with subtle flavor.
The Arrogant Butcher is a bustling downtown restaurant that's become a popular mainstay with the downtown business crowd. Located conveniently in the CityScape complex, the restaurant is part upscale eatery and part social hour coterie. You'll find good steaks, seafood, draft beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails dished out in a lively downtown atmosphere. There are also plenty of delicious appetizers to snack on, including zucchini fritters, artichoke hummus and a basket of soft, chewy house pretzels served with a provolone fondue. There's also a tasty selection of cheeses and charcuterie. For lunch or dinner, try the pork carnitas served with a sweet corn cake, tomatillo salsa and avocado.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is a chic downtown Phoenix restaurant and bar specializing in Prohibition-era cocktails and creative, shareable plates. The bar has the city's largest selection of scotches, bourbons and gins. Craft beer lovers will also love the selection here. Cocktails are made using fresh juices, fruit purees and locally grown herbs. The kitchen menu features gourmet munchies, specialty salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and a small selection of entrees. Try the famous house tater tots - a grown-up version of the school cafeteria staple. The pot pie is also a winner. It's made with savory root vegetables, mushrooms and swiss chard.
This Central Phoenix urban pizzeria is situated in a restored 1913 bungalow, making it the perfect backdrop for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner. Exposed brick, hardwood floors, authentic stained glass windows and a working fireplace means that you'll have much to admire while you nosh on your salad, antipasti, made-from-scratch pasta or artisanal pizza. Each pizza is made-to-order and hand-tossed by Chef Guido Saccone, native of Sicily, and then topped with a delicious drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Don't miss the new "stuzzichini" happy hour menu, served Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 pm. It features small bite specialties like arancini, Arborio rice deep-fried with a center of mozzarella.