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Neighborhood Italian - Chandler/Tempe/Ahwatukee

So...after my Papa Razzini question I guess I should go at this from teh other angle as well...

What are folk's recommendation for a good neighborhood italian place on this side of town?

We like Tutti Santi up at Dobson/Guadalupe a lot...but it's bit more than we like to spend if we're just in the mood for a casual plate of pasta so don't go as often as we might like. I really like the Linguine alle Vongole here but..again at $23 it's not necessarily a drop in when i don't feel like cooking kind of dinner.

I have to admit we eat at Pasta Pomodoro a lot since we live so close...it used to be a good reliable, quick and inexpensive option. But the last year seems to have gone downhill and we've been disappointed the last few times we've gone. They made some changes a while back...and we've noticed the manager that originally opened the restaurant is gone so assume that's why. So it's not a neighborhood favorite anymore.

we've tried Marcello's at McClintock and Warner. i've always like the pasta with the calamari here...but that's all I've found I really like on the menu.

So...any suggestions on something tasty, casual and inexpensive that we may be missing?

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  1. Have you tried Venice Ristorante -- 48th St. and Elliott? I have had some good lunches there recently, but have never been for dinner. I'd say it's definitely tasty and casual, although the dinner prices may be in the Tutti Santi range.

    Also, there was some recent dicussion on this board of Riazzi's Italian Garden in Tempe. I've not been there in over a decade, but it definitely met your criteria back when I did go.

    1. A friend of mine recommended Ruffino's Restaurant, 4902 E Warner Rd, Phoenix, AZ. She also recommended Tutti Santi, FWIW. I think Ruffino's is cheaper, but, I haven't made it to either.

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      1. We haven't been in awhile, since we moved from Ahwatukee to Gilbert three years ago, but my family used to enjoy Chrisdees in Tempe. It is easy to miss in an industrial complex. It is just north of Broadway. Make the first left off of Broadway going east after getting off 10.

        I also noticed someone mentioned Ruffino below. Although it is very good food, it is more high end then I would normally want to spend at a nieghborhood Italian rest. My kids used it as a place to take dates before the prom.

        My two cents

        1. try vincitorio's on the southeast corner of elliot and mcclintock, near tempe cinemas. they have great homemade pasta for reasonable prices.

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