A week in Phoenix
I'll be staying for a week, at the Biltmore. I used to love Grimaldi's in Brooklyn (and I'm told they have one in Phoenix), but I'm told I should go to Bianco instead.
Apart from pizza, what are some other great places? I'd rather not have to drive more than a half hour or so, if possible, since I'm going to be working pretty late.
I believe your closest Grimaldi's will be in "Old Town" Scottsdale at 4000 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale AZ.
I don't think there is anything to be said about Pizzeria Bianco that hasn't already been said (over, and over, and over). Just search this board and you'll get more information and opinions than you probably want.
If time is an issue, you might consider The Parlor or Tommy V's Osteria Pizzeria, as they are much closer than the other upscale pizza options. They're both relatively new, and I haven't made it to either one, yet.
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Patsy Grimaldi's Pizzeria
4000 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Parlor Pizzeria
1916 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
You're right up the street from the Phoenix City Grille. It doesn't advertise -- it's a long-time favorite of locals in the know. Upscale but not pretentious, great bar area -- and terrific salmon on a cedar plank. Small eclectic menu. Fun things like cornbread in a skillet. Doesn't attract the 20 something crowd, skews a bit older.
You're also close to Delux (a happenin' hamburger spot) and to the wonderful Postino. All independent restaurants. Have a great time in the Valley!
For me, here is the list of must-dos. Some are higher-end, and some not.
NOCA - New American cuisine, in a casual setting that does not bely the quality of the food.
Vincent's on Camelback - a SW take on classic French cuisine from a James Beard winning chef..
T.Cook's - elegant take on Mediterranean cuisine.
Cowboy Ciao's - SW meets northern Italian.
Marcellino - strip mall, with great class. Ask Chef Marcellino for his "reserve" wine list.