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Italian tapas in Phoenix?

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I'm a London based foodie looking for Italian style tapas bar (such as found in NYC's lower east side and London's Soho). Does such a place exist in the Valley of the Sun?

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  1. I've never had Italian Tapas so I have no idea. For authentic Spanish Tapas try Iruna in Scottsdale.

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    1. re: Poerz

      I'm guessing the OP is looking for an enoteca-type place, a genre which, as far as I know, isn't really represented here. Postino *could* be that kind of place, but that doesn't appear to be their aim.

      Iruna closed sometime during the winter, but Tapas Papa Frita is still open, more or less in the same part of town.

      1. re: hohokam

        Would Andreoli qualify -? They have small plates, calamaretti, arancini etc. I have not been since they've expanded seating. It was definitely not a scene spot but it's hard to quibble about the quality.

        I still do love Tapas Papa Frita, but they're very Basque and not remotely Italian.

        1. re: themis

          Crudo?

          1. re: themis

            Andreoli definitely delivers the goods in terms of food, but it's hard to say if the setting would map onto the OP's schema. My image of this kind of place is based on Bay Area Italian spots that offer small plates and interesting wine selections. Unfortunately, I don't know how or if a LES (or SoHo) Italian tapas bar would be different from those places.

          2. re: hohokam

            tapas papa frita is horrible, don't send anyone there - unless they kicked your dog

            Is Crudo officially open now ?

            1. re: Dapuma

              Crudo is open.

              Care to elaborate on your assessment of TPF? What items were off for you? What was wrong with them?

              Thanks!

              1. re: hohokam

                I would have to advise to avoid tapas papa fritas, i went there the other night and everything was pretty much horrible after ordering there left and went somewhere else it was that bad

                overcooked shrimp, too much sauce and questionable freshness on the mussels and bony oxtail that tasted more like a beef stew from a can than oxtail

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