Sal’s Gilbert Pizza Italian Tratorria is da bomb. It’s one of mine and Ty’s favorite place to grab some pizza. Family owned, their New York style pizza and lasagna are amazing!
After years of cooking, I figured it’s time I start making my own pizzas. I love gourmet pizzas! Every great pizza chef I read about says it’s all about the crust. I found a basic recipe for pizza dough and figured I would continue to practice making and playing with it until I discover what works for me. I even made my own sauce. It was a lot of fun making this and throwing all types of toppings on my pizzas.
Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen is a health conscious restaurant in Scottsdale. They serve up organic Italian foods that all have gluten-free options on their menu. The food is just as good as any other Italian restaurant and I had a fun night with some good friends.
A post office and a Circle K used to make up this small intersection in this Arcadia neighborhood. But now it is one of the hottest upscale corners for dining in the Valley anchored by Postino Wine Bar and La Grande Orange. Postino is known for their bruschettas and paninis and La Grande Orange is a pizzeria and marketplace. I love this little area and had a fun night hanging out with some good friends.
Liberty Market has an amazing wood fired pizza oven. It’s an Renato oven that ranges from 600 degrees to nearly 1,000 degrees and never goes cold. They only use Pecan (from Arizona) wood in the oven because it burns very evenly. Liberty Market makes its own pizza dough and you can catch the cooks tossing them as you wait in line to eat. They use San Marzano tomatoes for their sauce and they don’t cook it a second time in the oven out of fear of losing it’s flavor. I took my friend Jaimie here after picking her up from the airport. She got the pepperoni pizza and I got the grilled sausage. Both were delicious and we had a fun night. We capped off our fun culinary adventure with cheesecake from AJ’s.
Pita Jungle has been serving up healthy and fresh food since it’s first location opened in 1994. Their wood-fired pizzas and pita sandwiches contain some of their popular selections. I’ve been eating here since my days at ASU going to the Apache location for lunch. The Mediterranean Roasted Chicken (Shawarma) and Beef Gyro are probably my 2 favorite items along with some hummus and their amazing iced tea. I had a fun night here with my friend Sarah at the Phoenix location in the arts district.
Back in the 1930’s, Angelina Barro started cooking pizzas using the freshest ingredients in Chicago. Her sons have since opened up Barro’s restaurants all over America. There are many locations all over the Valley. I love what they do in the community and for kid’s sport leagues.
Barro’s Pizza is a long time favorite for the boys and I. We have been coming here after their sporting events and for family occasions since they were little. We even had a photo shoot here earlier in the year. It was Jake’s birthday and we had a little party here with his buddies from his church group. There was quite the turn-out and I literally watched these boys devour five pizzas. My Dad, sister and my nephews also joined in for the fun. Afterwards we saw “The Avengers”.