Good Inexpensive Italian(PHX SE Valley)
Mesa, Tempe and down into Chandler and Gilbert. Not looking for a fancy place but just good solid red-sauce food with good pastas. A nice lasagna that is not overweighted with cheese and meat would also be a treat.
We like Tutti Santi at Dobson and Guadalupe. Now, admittedly, the only thing I ever get there myself is the Linguine and clams which I love. But my husband has always been happy with everything he's ordered. The homemade ravioli are good.
We also like La Stalla in downtown Chandler. This is more "rustic" italian than red sauce. We often get the pizzas here - woodfired and quite good.
For just a cheap and cheerful neighborhood place there's Floridino's just north of downtown Chandler. This is nothing fancy, I don't think I"d drive a long ways to get here but for what it is, it's good. A small family pizza/pasta place. VERY basic menu: pizzas,a few pasta in either red or white sauce. A couple salads. The calzones and the pizza muffins are quite tasty. :
Papa Razzini's at McClintock and Guadalupe is very popular. we dont' like it - I find the food to be unnecessarily heavy whenever I'm there but we're definitely in the minority not liking it I'd say. I will say they do calamari very well here. Crisp, tender, and lightly breaded. very good.
Here's a thread about Italian out in this area....a bit old but something to start with:
Floridino's has great, inexpensive pizza and calzones (especially the lunch specials), but I think the pastas are nothing special.
For pasta, I'd recommend RigaTony's in Chandler.
Papa Razzini's is good, as is Miele's in the same Tempe complex. Also in Tempe, VinciTorio's is good, but a little more expensive.
Then there's always Oregano's in Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert.
Rigatony's Authentic Italian
1374 N Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225
Miele's Pizzeria Restaurant
1835 E Guadalupe Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283
1835 E Elliot Rd, Tempe, AZ 85284
Number one on my list is That Italian Place in Ahwatukee (formerly Mary Ann & Richie's). The best Bolgonese in these parts, plus excellent lasagna, veal, baked clams, etc.
Also, have you tried Nello's for pasta? Everyone goes for the pizza, but I love their lasagna and eggplant Parmigiana.
And I second Miele's for good pasta and reiterate the negative sentiments on VinciTorio's.
1806 E Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282
Mary Ann & Richies Our Restaurant
3941 E Chandler Blvd # 107, Phoenix, AZ
4710 E Warner Rd # 10, Phoenix, AZ
2950 S Alma School Rd # 17, Mesa, AZ
I havne't been to That Italian Place since thyey've changed ownership. I always liked the food at Mary Ann and Richies but was put off a bit by the ownership. I understand the menu is the same adn Mary Ann is still cooking. Need to get over and check it out. If it's still on the menu my husband loves the orecchiete with broccoli rabe and sausage and I find they do a good job with vongole. Thanks for the reminder!
Weird. Your post wasn't listed when I clicked on this thread. I guess the thread-updating glitch is still in effect.
Nice to hear that Riazzi's is a worthwhile option these days. After we ate there (summer of 1992 or 1993), we seriously wondered how the place was still in business, given the poor quality of the food.
re: Alice Letseat
I have, but it was a longggggggg time ago back when we lived right around the corner from it. I recall our reactions ranging from "meh" (bland entrees) to "bleh" ("cheesecake" filling that resembled almond extract-flavored Cool Whip). Of course, it's entirely possible that things have changed for the better since then, so my comments should be taken with a healthy sprinkling of salt. ;-)