Florencia Pizza Bistro is one of those locally owned neighborhood eateries. Ahwatukee has a lot of these little hidden gems because most of them are located in strip malls. This one has been around for quite some time and resides next door to the popular Melting Pot. They offer three types of pizza – Traditional, Olive Oil (Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mozzarella Cheese with no tomato sauce) and Pesto (Basil Pesto Sauce with no tomato sauce). You can create your own with toppings (over 40 topping choices) or choose from one of their popular specialty pizza creations. Some of the names include the Snow White, Pomodora, Valentinos, Winchester, Clevenger, Malanzane, Bo-Be and the Green-Eyed Chicken. There are many more creations to choose from and they have vegetarian options as well. The dough is house made and their pizzas are thin-crust. I’m more of a thick crust person myself but actually found their thin crust quite enjoyable. They also have panini, calzones, salads and sandwiches if pizza is not on your radar. Their appetizer menu is not incredibly large but they have a nice variety to choose from. I got the mozzarella sticks and felt they were just average. We ordered the Clark’s Classic pizza which consisted of pepperoni and chicken marinated in buffalo sauce. I was a little worried the sauce would soak through the thin crust and make it soggy but it actually held up (even eating it as a leftover the next day). There is a small bar area to the side where you can order a glass of wine or beer. The owner is a Wildcat fan (boo…) and they’ve had fun fundraisers in the past during the annual ASU/UA football game to benefit the local high schools in the area. It wasn’t very busy when I visited but service was pretty good.
I was first introduced to this place from a vegan friend of mine. Even though I’m a meat eater, I’m enjoying some of these health-conscious restaurants that are popping up. This cute popular little place is located in Ahwatukee. Pomegranate Cafe was started by a mother and daughter (Cassie and Marlene Tolman). On their website it says they wanted to create an earth-conscious environment with great flavors. I will admit I was really surprised how good the food is here. They do a great job of coming up with some great tasting dishes made of fresh organic fruits and vegetables. This time around my friend and I ordered the POM Strawberry Salad and the Green Bandito Burrito. They were both wonderful. But of course we came here for the amazing desserts. We got the Raspberry Pineapple Cheesecake and the Vanilla Chai Cake. Seriously… who comes up with these yummy creations? My only issue is that many of these places have a tendency to be a little pricey. But we had a great time and look forward to stopping in for lunch again.