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Andreoli - Italian Grocer

Andreoli's Italian Grocer
8880 E. Via Linda
Scottsdale, Az.
10 AM - 8 PM ( m-th)
10 AM- 9 PM (f and sat)

When I received a tip on an Italian deli from a New Yorker, I immediately freed up my next meal to check it out (well actually I was there at 9:30 AM peering in thru the window). Andreoli's is a venture by Giovanni, the former owner of Lecabaffi and Galileo, and this is not the typical red sauce, chicken parm, meatball joint that the Valley has plenty of (and I like a few of those).

The location is slightly west of the corner at Via Linda and 90th st, on the Via Linda side of the Fry's Marketplace center. If you are travelling west on Via Linda from 90th, right before the underpass is an entrance to the center and the brown building is the Andreoli's. Andreoli's sells various Italian staples: Pasta, anchovies, San Marzano tomatoes, cheeses, cured meats, house baked breads, pastries and beverages. The prepared foods include paninos, soup, salumi, pizzettas, salads and daily specials.

I sampled the following:

panino in porchetta - roasted pork, seasoned with garlic, fennel and black pepper $7.50

panino del tirolo - speck, pesto, tomatoes, and rucola $7.75

Both were good but I enjoyed the panino del tirolo a little more.

arancini alla catanese - rice stuffed with Bolognese and peas, breaded and fried $5.00

pizzetta branca leon - pizza with mixed vegetables $5.00

Patatine e porri fritti con salsina ghiotta - potatoes and leek, deep fried served with Gianni sauce $5.00

These rocked...french fries with fried leeks served with an aioli

There were two pasta specials...linguine con vongole and rigatoni amatriciana.

For dessert, I sampled the chocolate cannoli and tiramisu.

I definitely will be back and this is a great addition to the Valley.

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  1. Molto E...Andreoli sound great!

    We live about a mile away.....I frequent the Fry's in the same parking lot!
    I have been looking for a great salumi perveyor in the area.....
    I will definitley try and stop there tomorrow!

    Thanks for the rec.

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    1. re: ciaogal

      I bought some speck and guanciale...the brands of San Marzano that he carries, I had not seen before. I have attached the menu but if you can not make it out then I have it posted over on the other food board.

      1. re: Molto E

        I would love to see this menu. Can you tell me where else it's posted. Thanks

        1. re: arizonagirl

          if you click on the photos on my april 25 post then the photos blow up or if that does not work on eGullet.

    2. I saw this place just the other day. Thanks for the great review. I may stop in tonight on the way home to check it out.


      1. Is there seating on the premises, or is this take-out only?

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          1. re: Molto E

            Much? As in could 8 or so people go? Thanks - sounds great.

        1. I stopped by on my way home Wednesday night. Very cool place. They really did a nice job transforming an old 'Berto into a little Italian grocery. I tried the panino del tirolo - speck, pesto, tomatoes, and rucola $7.75 at Molto's suggestion and it was awesome. I spoke with the wife/owner and she said business has been pretty good for the month they've been open.

          I also tried several of the antipasta hors 'doeuvres they had that day. Little sausage stuffed eggplant, stuffed mushrooms and some sort of red round pepper stuffed with anchovie and capers blended smooth. Truly fantastic. I brought everything home for my wife to try, and she is already talking about having them cater our next party. What a great spot!


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          1. re: barry

            Barry, next time try the fried potatoes and leeks with the aioli...

          2. OOOHH Yay!! This sounds worth the drive up there.


            1. nice call molto! went there yesterday and really enjoyed it. cool place with a lot of character. reminds me a bit of defalco's on scottsdale just north of oak which we love as well. seems a bit more relaxed though.

              for this visit, we just tested the food off the menu. there was 4 of us plus our 2 year old. we did a variety of sandwiches & antipasto to share.

              btw no pasta special today though. there was a filet special at about $18 so i didn't listen too closely as that seemed a bit much for lunch.


              panino in porchetta (roasted pork, garlic, fennel, black pepper) - ordered this for our dairy allergic daughter. it was great. came on a baguette (which btw is). comes with a side salad that was well liked by everyone.

              panino del tirolo (smoked proscuitto spec, pesto, tomatoes and rucola) - i really liked this sandwich. great flavors, great bread. would definitely order again.

              panino bocca di rosa (eggplant, mozzarella, tomato sauce and parmigiano) - this was also awesome. great flavors. definitely would order again.

              schiacciata du belin (focaccia with tuna and pecorino) - i actually wasn't a huge fan of this as i'm not a focaccia guy but the others in my party really, really liked it. simple but they said the pecorino really made it stand out.


              potatine e porri fritti con salsina ghiotta (french fries & leeks with aoli) - of course we had to try these after molto's recommendation. they were great. i forgot to order them extra crispy as directed and in my opinion, they would benefit from that. will definitely be a staple but will also be asking for extra crispy.

              arancini alla catonese (rice stuffed with bolognase and peas, breaded and deep fried) - these were great. hadn't seen these since cool delis in australia. i just love this whole idea and would be happy to see them do multiple versions with different stuffings. i love risotto, and how can you not love breading & deep frying...just makes everything better. i could see 5 or 6 different versions of this...would be very happy to!


              we also did a few bottles of limonata, chinotto, a latte e menta (a milk drink with mint syrup - which we had cold - that was very refreshing and nice) and a few lattes (respectable).

              we did get a few of the flower shaped almond cookies (raspberry filled, apricot filled? and marzipan filled) and they were killer.


              i did speak with giovanni afterwards and he indicated that he flies fresh fish in on the weekends (fridays & saturdays). some recent ones have been cuttlefish from san francisco (i think i saw referred to in a cuttlefish with black ink risotto) and baby octopus from greece. we will definitely be happy to come back and try the specials out.

              one other thing that was a standout to me is that for a not very large menu, i could easily pick out 10 - 15 other sandwiches/salada/antipasto that i definitely want to try. for that size of a menu, this seems like a lot of interesting selections to me. i can get stuck in the "order the same thing" rut too easily but i don't think that would be the case here.

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              1. re: ccl1111

                glad you liked it...I have been there a few times already...I liked the arancini but thought they could have a tad more of the filling

                1. re: Molto E


                  Did you say they have good pastries? Besides Cannoli's is there anything else??
                  I'm thinking of stopping by tomorrow for some pastries but wanted to know if it was worth the trip. I would only be going for the pastries. Do they have cookies?

                  1. re: arizonagirl

                    Did you ever go to Galileo, bread / pastry / sandwich spot in the same center as Lecabafi? He serves some of the same stuff that he used to make over there...muffins, cookies, a cake here or there. I really have not explored or should I say consumed anything other than a cannoli or tiramisu at Andreoli. But he does have some offerings...he gets in fresh buffalo mozzarella from Italy and it looked like he has some very nice ricotta in the case. I think the specials are slightly more entailed on the weekends so...hope that helps!

                    1. re: Molto E

                      Thanks. I'm heading there tomorrow morning. I'll let you know how it goes.

              2. I'm excited to check it out Sat (5/5). Will be heading there at noon if anyone wants to join along.

                - Jon

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                1. re: tastyjon

                  I absolutely would if my golf tournament wasn't in Gilbert tomorrow. I just finished Bill Buford's book 'Heat' last week and have a serious craving for good Italian.

                  1. re: azhotdish

                    7 of us went and had a nice lazy lunch. I ordered the arancini alla catanese - very nice - and the potato/leeks, which I had imagined to be more of a side dish of the scalloped/mash variety - not like fries. Still, I loved them. And so did the rest of the table, which ate most of them. They all had sandwiches for their main dish, which I tend to avoid at new places - but they all raved about their choices (and I will say they looked very good). If you like good food and live in the vicinity, this should be on your regular rotation.

                2. Made it over there. The place is really nice inside. I bought some cheese that I haven't been able to find since Italy and some Mortadella. Both were yummy. I also bought some pastries. The cannoli, alough freshly filled, was only ok. The rum baba was way too strong. The highlight was the sfogliatella. It was absolutely delicious. I will be back to try the sandwiches at some point. Thanks for the recommendation.

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                  1. re: arizonagirl

                    swung back by today as well and split the salumi panino and the filet mignon panino with mozzarella. both were great! i don't think i'll be able to od on andreoli's and expect that it will be often repeated in the weekly rotation.

                    1. re: ccl1111


                      Did they cook the filet to rare or med-rare? This is one of my frequent lunch spots.

                      Molto E

                      1. re: Molto E

                        it definitely wasn't rare. i'd say even medium???? was yummy though. not being an expert on italian cuisine by any stretch of the imagination, is that what you would expect?

                        andreoli's is definitely cool. lots of good stuff to try on the menu. saw an order of the calamari appetizer and it smelled awesome. wasn't deep fried but looked as if it were fried in oil. definitely want to try that.

                  2. Visited Andreoli on Saturday with my SO and friend...
                    I ordered the panino in porchetta, which is served with a side salad. This was very good, although it could have been dressed with a little more olive oil - otherwise the meat was very tasty with a pronounced flavor of fennel and black pepper. The salad though was a little balsamic heavy - I think more olive oil would balance the dressing out.
                    My SO ordered the filet panino with mozzarella - I sampled this and thought it was very good, the filet was very tender and tasty.
                    My friend ordered the schiacciata du terun (focaccia w/tomato, mozzarella and basil) - I didn't sample this, but it looked large and he scarfed it down and said it was very good. Since he's also been to Pane Bianco and had their version, I'll have to take him at his word.
                    We also ordered the vecchi tempi pizzetta (pizza w/tomatoes, parm, olive oil and oregano) - I thought this was just ok, although the thick crust lacked enough olive oil and tomato which caused it to be dry. I probably wouldn't order this again.
                    All in all, a very good experience, and I look forward to returning. I did take home some Italian tuna packed in olive oil and some fresh mozzarella from their front display case, both of which I have yet to try.

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                    1. re: azhotdish

                      I'm loving Andreoli too. I live right nearby and it is really really nice to get something delicious, authentic, owner operated and not too expensive in the area. Hopefully it will last a long time.

                      One recommendation - I got some of the ricotta to take home. Giovanni makes it in house and it is wonderful. Completely different and far better than what you get from the grocery store. I definitely recommend it.

                    2. I went to Andreoli for lunch yesterday. Forgive me, but I forgot the name of my panini - it had proscuttio, gorgonzola and zucchini. It was fantastic.
                      My co-worker and I concluded that "X factor" was the bread. The bread they use is wonderful. I asked the college kid working the register if they made their bread on site - the loaves available for purchase are made on site, but not the bread used for the panini.

                      Next time I'm trying the fried leeks and potatoes.

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                      1. re: mamamia

                        make sure to ask for them crispy...sometimes they come underdone

                        1. re: Molto E

                          the order has also seemed to have shrunk in size greatly and also in the number of leeks. very sad last visit.

                          1. re: ccl1111

                            the first time that I had them they were great

                            1. re: Molto E

                              definitely agree. we have been going there since you first posted about andreoli.

                        2. re: mamamia

                          I went last week and tried the fried leeks and potatoes. I ordered them extra crispy as suggested. I didn't fall in love with them for two reasons:
                          -I had such high hopes for the leeks. The only portion of the leek that was incorporated was the green. Maybe I had envisioned them being cooked more like onion rings. I'm not sure.
                          -They were very greasy. My friend and I had to eat them while they were very hot. Once they cooled down a bit they tasted very greasy.

                          I didn't love them.

                          The same friend has been to Calabria with me. We both agree that Calabria definitely does the deli style meats and cheeses better, while Andreoli specializes in prepared foods.

                          1. re: mamamia

                            disappointing to hear, I had not yet tried them while requesting them crispy...they were not like onion rings more like a frizzled leek but good. I would think the potatoes would be better if he blanced them first so they would be crispy and not limp. Calabria has better quality salumi...looks like I need to give it a run.

                        3. Just so it's here for posterity

                          I really needed an Italian grocery, and the nice ladies at Sur La T recommended.

                          However! They were closed for the July 4 holiday- for ten days.

                          So bummed I missed it (we were in Scottsdale FOR the 4th)...

                          So I guess call ahead, but is that typical for PHX? Long summer vacas?

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                          1. re: julietg

                            For the best Italian food items in Phoenix try:

                            Romanellis Deli & Bakery
                            3437 W Dunlap Ave
                            Phoenix, AZ 85051
                            (602) 249-9030

                            1. re: julietg

                              Yup, that's typical of Phoenix. The summer is the off-season here for obvious reasons, so many stores/restaurants close for part of all of it. A lot of them use the downtime to remodel or so repairs. One restaurant, Volataire, closes for a month or two from what I remember.

                              1. re: Firenza00

                                The longer the restaurant has been in town, the more likely it is that they disappear for a while. I know Los Dos Molinos usually closes up shop for about a month too. Then there was the year they decided to open a new location. I still remember going to the Mesa one and seeing the sign on the window: "CLOSED- Come visit our new location! 119 E 18th St, New York NY". I almost fell over.

                            2. Stopped by Andreoli for lunch today after a nice round of golf in Fountain Hills...had the panino di sempronio, panino w/proscuitto, roasted peppers and fresh mozzarella ($7.75). I agree with previous comments about the bread, because it really is excellent and makes a great sandwich. The proscuitto was quite fatty but very good, and the peppers were nicely roasted but still had good texture, and the mozzarella is the same they sell in the front case and is good.

                              Couldn't pass up the pastries on the counter ($2.50, no idea the name) and I'm soooo glad that I didn't. No idea how it was constructed with phyllo-like layers that enveloped a center of amaretto/orange? custard. Wow, I hope they have these next time. They also had a cool little jar of imported white truffle honey ($1.25). Earl Grey w/truffle honey? Experiment time.

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                              1. re: azhotdish

                                Their website is now working as well.

                                Andreoli Italian Grocer
                                8880 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

                                1. re: azhotdish

                                  wait until our government allows the import of ham from the pata negra pig from Spain that is one "marbled" ham

                                  1. re: Molto E

                                    Are there still only two kinds of jamon serrano aloud in the US?

                                    1. re: julietg

                                      I am not sure...to the best of my knowledge, the only facility in Spain that was approved to ship the pata negra products has been halted due to some compliance issue with our regulators...FREE THE PATA NEGRA...

                                      1. re: Molto E

                                        wow- brain fart there, huh. ALLOWED.

                                        This is from Tienda about imports (which I abhor ever since two Christmases ago they didn't deliver on time)


                                2. Thanks for the info on this place. It's only a few minutes from me, and I've driven by it and looked in the windows out of curiosity when it first opened, but never realized they have such a nice looking, reasonably large menu. Stopped by tonight without checkng their hours beforehand and, of course, they are closed Sundays. Will definitely give it a try later in the week.

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                                  1. re: crsin

                                    Stopped by Andreoli and had the Panino in Porchetta, as I was looking for something a little lighter (meaning, sans prosciutto/speck/mortadella, etc.). I enjoyed it; the pork has a very nice flavor, with an especially nice dose of pepper. The shaved meat was quite lean and had a lot of flavor. The salad was simple, and I enjoyed the inclusion of arugula.

                                    Will likely be back to try other items, as well.

                                  2. I finally got to try Andreoli today. I had to make a rare trip up to that part of Scottsdale for an errand and wanted to give Andreoli a try after hearing so many good things about it.

                                    When I entered, I was immediately reminded of Calabria, a similar place I like in Downtown Phoenix. There were shelves and tables with a few specialty groceries scattered around the room, but the main emphasis was on the deli counter with baked goods, cured and smoked meats, olives, etc. on display. I ordered a sandwich that featured eggplant, mozzarella, parmesan, and tomato sauce (photo below). The sandwich was not the familiar eggplant parmigiana, which I love when done well . Instead, it was grilled eggplant without breading. The sandwich was delicious. The bread was lightly toasted, and the eggplant was just the right texture. I would put this sandwich on the same level as the excellent stuffed eggplant sandwich at Calabria.

                                    My only disppointment was that the side salad served with my sandwich was plain iceberg lettuce with a vinaigrette dressing. I am pleased that Andreoli serves a side salad, something I think Calabria should add, but I wish it would include a wider variety of lettuces or something to make it more interesting.

                                    Like Calabria, it's a family operation. The two very young people providing service at the counter appeared to be the proprietor's children. While it's not along my normal travel paths, I will definitely keep Andreoli in mind. It was a tasty lunch and good value for the money.

                                    Calabria Italian Grocery & Deli
                                    1001 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003

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                                    1. re: silverbear

                                      Yow, thanks for the pic, Sil -- I've been tracking this Andreoli thread and while it's way out of my way, an expedition will be in order at some point. Too bad even I am not gluttonous enough to hit Redendo's on the same swing ...

                                      A favorable comparison to Calabria's stuffed eggplant torpedo (pant, drool) is a resounding endorsement!!! BTW, S-bear, have you ever been to Niccoli's on 16th St. and sampled their food? I have (just once, a terrific meatball pie) -- how do the three shops measure up?

                                      1. re: misohungrychewlow

                                        Ironically, Nicolli's is the closest Italian deli to my home, but I haven't been there yet. My recent visits have been to Calabria, Andreoli, and Rinaldi's in Dowtown Tempe. My comparison of Calabria and Andreoli is basically that they're on the same level but with different areas of specialization. Rinaldi's is more Americanized, less artisanal, and lacks a grocery section, but it can still be a decent lunch if one orders the right items. Niccoli's is defnitely on my list to try soon based on favorable recommendations from arizonagirl and others. There's also Romanelli's, mentioned by StuCazzo above, over on the west side. I should get there some time. I'll post again once I've been to either Niccoli's or Romanelli's.

                                        Niccoli's Deli & Pizza
                                        6102 N 16th St Ste 9, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                                        Romanelli's Deli & Bakery
                                        3437 W Dunlap Ave Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85051

                                        Rinaldi's Deli On Third
                                        51 W 3rd St, Tempe, AZ 85281

                                        1. re: silverbear

                                          Yeah -- I've also been wanting to try DeFalco's on Scottsdale Rd. near Thomas -- drove by yesterday, but after lunch -- and Capistrano's in Tempe, which I've never visited, has been around for many years.

                                          BTW, on the Niccoli address above, it appears that it got garbled somewhere in cyberspace. It should be 6-thousand-something, even numbered, on the west side of 16th St. just south of Rose Lane.

                                          1. re: misohungrychewlow

                                            Thanks for noticing that. I just edited the address information and added the Web site address to the listing. That's what's nice about this new places feature. Anyone participating in these conversations can fix a faulty address; add information about hours, credit card acceptance, etc.; or insert notes about good dishes on the menu.

                                            1. re: silverbear

                                              ok so maybe I eat out way too much but I've been to:

                                              Nicolli-love the pizza; Italian hoagie and meatball sub. Also, has great fresh ricotta and mozarella cheese and a nice grocery section. Cookies and bread are all homemade and delicious.

                                              Romanelli's- Was there 1x and have never felt the need to go back. Much rather drive the exta mile to go somewhere else. ok but nothing special.

                                              Defalco's-same as Romanelli's not worth the effort

                                              New Jersey Deli- haven't been in awhile but it had great hoagies and cannoli the last time I was there.

                                              Calabria- been wanting to try but have never gotten there. (and I work so close) It is on my list

                                              Andreoli-some pastries were really good; others just ok. great selection of meat and cheese. Going back tomorrow to try the sandwiches.


                                    2. That sound incredible.... I am very excited to try this Italian deli. It's so hard to find a good Italian purveyor in the valley. I have been to Defalcos (pretty good but not amazing), Calabria (great sandwiches) but thats it.Thanks for the recomendation

                                      1. Finally tried this place this weekend, and I am in love! I thought the service and atmosphere were both top notch. The place really feels like an old Italian deli. Very rustic. The order taker couldn't have been more nice an patient. He explained everything on the menu, and gave us as much time as we needed to come up with our order.

                                        We decided to split the sausage sandwich, and the daily pasta special.

                                        The sausage was wonderful, and reminded us of the sausage served on the pizza at Pizzeria Bianco.

                                        The pasta bolognese was probably the best version of this I have ever tasted. It was just so meaty. It really tasted like beef, with some other delicate spices to round out the taste. This dish was expensive though (not sure, but it must have been north of $15). Being so expensive, I would probably hesitate to order it again (just because there are a few other cheaper options on the menu I still want to try), but I would say it was worth every penny. Really wonderful.

                                        I am smitten with this place, and think it is a wonderful addition to the valley. I can't wait to get back, and dig into the menu a little more.

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                                        1. re: Booger

                                          Wow! That is all I can say about Andreoli. I've been wanting to stop in since I first saw this thread back in April and I'm ashamed to say I only just made it over there tonight. My fiance and I were in the area and I made him go with me for a pit stop, thinking I'd peruse the selection and we'd be on our way. I think we finally left 3 hours later. I had a blast checking out the various imported pastas, beans, wines, homemade meats, cheeses and deserts that are available for sale at Andreoli. We noticed the specials menu immediately and there happened to be a couple ladies there eating one of them. They could not say enough about it so we figured we'd have dinner. We ordered the grilled calamari (to die for - perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned), the buffalo mozzarella salad (the cheese was so creamy and obviously authentic - better than any I've had) and finally we both ordered the Ravioli with fresh porcini mushrooms (from Italy) and tomatoes. The ravioli were heavenly pillows of meaty mushroom flavor that you can only get from good porcini's - certainly unlike any I've ever had from an American grocery store. That with a bottle of wine bought in the store and we were pretty happy. We enjoyed some great conversation with some regulars and the service was impeccable. You could tell that they really wanted the patrons to ENJOY the food and truly cared about our experience. We will definitely be back over and over again!

                                        2. Andreoli is throwing a Christmas bash on Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm...a couple additions to the menu that I am posting with one that I MUST get a hold of...whole roasted suckling pig, I count the moments until I am clutching some crispy skin ;)

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                                          1. re: Molto E

                                            I messed up loading the menu...for whatever reason I can not attach it so if you want to see it then it will be up on eGullet

                                            1. re: Molto E

                                              As in Sat. Dec 15?

                                              I'm out of town but would love it if they also did the same for the Saturday before Xmas (12/22).

                                            2. re: Molto E

                                              Thanks for this info - will definitely be re-arranging my schedule to make it there tomorrow. Glad to hear that since I missed the Sassi event a couple months ago, there's another chance for crispy skin this year. :D

                                              1. re: azhotdish

                                                azhotdish - tried to reply to your August '07 post about the mystery pastry you enjoyed, but it will not let me. That is my favorite all-time favorite, sfogliatelle (s'foh-yah-TELL-ay or as some of my relatives like to say, s'foo-yah-DEAL). Giovanni's chocolate croissants are also not to be missed. Speaking of pastries, do any CH'ers know of anyone in the Valley making cannelés de Bordeaux?

                                            3. The menu for the upcoming Andreoli Easter Party, they threw a great Christmas party so you should check it out.

                                              1. I noticed all the reviews were old, so here's my take on this local great as of Feb 2012.
                                                The sandwiches are tasty, fresh and good balance of flavors (isn't it all about the balance?), the salads are fresh and use dark green leaves mostly, with a very light dressing, nothing overpowering. I've had their pastas also and one can taste that the sause is as fresh as it can be, and again great flavors. The prices are a bit high, but I’ll spend a little extra for freshness and fantastic flavor any day. I'm craving sausage and peppers today, so I'll head there now and I’ll let you know how it was. I gave 4 stars because sometimes the service is not that friendly, not rude just very short and abrupt, but I go for the food not the service, just an FYI. (P.S. I'm a NYC transplant who still frequents Little Italy to this day.)

                                                Andreoli Italian Grocer
                                                8880 E Via Linda, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

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                                                1. re: Aovss

                                                  I didn't know that Andreoli was open on Sundays. What are their hours?

                                                  1. re: hohokam

                                                    Thanks for sparing me a trip.They are closed on sundays. BUMMMER, my mouth was already watering ... :>(

                                                    1. re: Aovss

                                                      Oh. Darn. I thought maybe you had the inside track on a new development. :-)

                                                      1. re: hohokam

                                                        Although they may be headed in that direction with the new outside seatting, maybe if enough fans ask they may consider it! I would love to have a coffee and a desert there right about now.