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Nov 3, 2007 01:09 PM

Where is the best Italian food on west side of Phoenix area?


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    1. I like Cucina Tagliani, two store on bell road, one on 59th Ave, the other on 83rd Ave. Family dishes, good marinara, the baked spaghetti is really satisfying. good independent restaraunt

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      1. re: kmarg

        We like them too. They have some of the best lasagna. It's all my husband orders. I like that you can order a half order as well. They have their pick a pasta and you can create your own pasta dish. I just wish they'd have better bread.

      2. Portofino Ristorante Italiano

        , 6020 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308
        (602) 938-1902
        6020 W Bell Rd, Glendale, AZ 85308
        Cross Streets: 59th Ave
        I haven't been to this place in awhile but it is family owned and the food has always been consistently good in the past.

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        1. re: twodogs

          I like this place as well, good lunch specials , chicken marsala is bove average.

        2. Grazie at Verrado, Bella Luna Ristorante, or Dino's Greek & Italian Grill.

          I have never had a good experience at Cucina Tagliani -- generally wind up with a mushy pasta or a grey boiled sausage -- but I'm pretty sure it's a good spot, I've just been ordering wrong. I find myself hoping that they're opening a new branch near me at the defunct Johnny Carino's, McDowell & Dysart. A bunch of 'Now Hiring signs are up, but they don't say what for. It's an almost identical space as their branch in Arrowhead, and the local chains get good support here.

          1. If anyone wants to try what I've found to be as close to NY style Italian in a friendly, casual atmosphere then I would recomend Times Square Neighborhood Restraunt ( on Deer Valley Rd, just west of I-17 in Peoria.
            They only take rez's for parties of 6 or more, and you WILL see a good size line on Fri's and Sat's for dinner, but it is good, and worth the wait if you're willing.
            I'd recommend any of the dishes, but my favorites are the calamari salad (Insalata del Mar) the rolled, stuffed eggplant (Eggplant Sorrentino) and the Ossobucco.
            From what I understand it is owned and operated by 3 people who are from NY, so at least you can be sure you're getting good food, nicely seasoned, with the taste of home made from people who know how to "get it done"!
            One more thing, the last time I was there, it's CASH only.
            A small inconvenience for the quality of food, service and the atmosphere at reasonable prices.