If there’s any cuisine that makes indulgence an absolute pleasure, it’s Italian. Heavy on meats, cheese and carbs, Italian food is well known for its exceptional flavors and emphasis on comfort and love. So, if you feel like eating a hug this weekend, you won’t want to miss a meal at any of these Italian restaurants. (Just be sure to try something a little different from your run-of-the-mill spaghetti bolognese.)
1. Andreoli Italian Grocer, Scottsdale
If you've never visited this location, you're probably wondering why a market even made this list. However, don't let that fool you; in addition to a wide selection of Italian food products, Andreoli also serves up some really tasty meals with sandwiches and daily specials that will put every other grocery deli to shame.
Address: 8880 East Via Linda, Scottsdale.
2. Avanti Restaurant, Phoenix
A walk inside this eclectic-looking restaurant is your first hint that a meal here is anything but ordinary. This restaurant focuses on scrumptious Italian classics, like chicken parmigiana or a lasagna, so be prepared for a delightful meal.
Address: 2728 East Thomas Road, Phoenix.
3. Crudo, Phoenix
For a different interpretation of Italian food, Crudo offers food that is delicious, modern and beautiful. They also serve meals in courses. It's up to you if you think you can handle three, four, or even five courses in one sitting.
Address: 3603 East Indian School Road, Phoenix.
4. Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano, Sedona
If you're looking for a very classic, upscale version of Italian food in Sedona, a visit to Dahl & DiLuca will certainly satisfy that craving. All of the dishes are winners here, but be sure to try the pollo alla rustica or the ravioli. Yum!
Address: 2321 West Highway 89A, Sedona
5. Fat Olives, Flagstaff
Often voted a Flagstaff favorite, it's not difficult to see why. The food is tasty, the atmosphere is comforting, and the pizza is divine.
Address: 2308 East Route 66, Flagstaff.
6. Genovese's Italian Restaurant, Prescott
Nestled inside a red brick building, this place is exactly what most people have in mind when they want to visit a local Italian restaurant. The atmosphere is intimate, they often have live music, and the food is so good.
Address: 217 West Gurley Street, Prescott.
7. Grapes Restaurant, Jerome
This little place is a sandwich shop, Italian eatery, and wine bar all wrapped in one. The build your own pasta bowls are a popular option, but I'm a sucker for charcuterie and cheese boards, so give one of those a try as well if you're not up for an entire meal.
Address: 111 Main Street, Jerome.
8. La Vita Dolce Italian Bistro, Lake Havasu City
One of many Italian restaurants in Lake Havasu City, this one manages to be located near a major tourist area yet still have delicious, hearty food. The lasagna here is great, but be sure to also give the ravioli dishes a try.
Address: 231 Swanson Avenue, Lake Havasu City
9. Papa's Italian Restaurant, Prescott
If classic Italian fare is just what your tummy is looking for, you will definitely want to pay a visit to Papa's Italian Restaurant in Prescott. The portions are generous here, so bring a big appetite. If you're in the mood for three courses, we suggest trying the minestrone soup and cannoli for dessert.
Address: 129 ½ North Cortez Street, Prescott.
10. Pasta House, Pinetop
If you want to feel like you're eating dinner at home while out in the pines, this is the place to get a meal since the restaurant sits inside an actual house. The service here is excellent and we recommend trying the chicken marsala.
Address: 2188 East White Mountain Boulevard, Pinetop.
11. Vivace, Tucson
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Want to feel fancy while enjoying a ridiculously good meal? You will definitely want to have a meal at Vivace, which is well-known for its delicious Italian cuisine and upscale environment. Be sure to make reservations though because this place is popular.
Address: 6440 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson, Arizona, 85718.
Where is your favorite place to enjoy a delectable Italian meal? Let us know your favorite spot and what meal you enjoy eating!