Great Italian food is a staple back East, so who would have thought that you can also find authentic Italian food in the middle of the desert? Such is the case with Tucson, home to a handful of thriving family-owned Italian eateries that bring the flavors and traditions of Italy to Arizona.
Caffe Milano in downtown Tucson is a choice example of what the Old Pueblo has to offer: classic Italian dishes served with gourmet flair and high quality imported ingredients. If you're nostalgic for the traditional East Coast corner market and deli, head straight to Tony's Italian Deli, serving up some of Tucson's freshest deli cuts, hot pasta dishes, and hot and cold sandwiches.
For hand-crafted Italian foods made from fresh, local ingredients, North is a sleek urban bistro specializing in wood-fired Italian dishes. Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant is Tucson's answer to your classic, neighborhood family-owned Italian restaurant. Since 1956, Mama Louisa's has been making fresh homemade pasta that is served with the delicious slow simmered house tomato sauce.
For special occasions, Tavolino is one of Tucson's hottest tickets, a tiny cafe with a daily-changing array of specials with some of the city's finest Northern Italian cuisine. Make a reservation: it can be hard to get a table at this trendy restaurant.