I used taunt an Italian friend of mine by calling Olive Garden an Italian restaurant. Just the mention of the words olive and garden in the same sentence could set him off. He’s gone back to Chicago – to eat real food again, he said – but I am certain that he would love Andreoli Italian Grocer.
Around Phoenix loves this place. When you are here you really are family.
Walking in to Andreoli’s is like stepping into the sitting room next to mama’s kitchen. Imported pasta, olive oil and assorted goodies are stacked on one wall. An eclectic collection of rustic furniture is gathered about. The wine cabinet is open for perusal and, best of all, there is delicious array of desserts, meats and other assorted ingredient to drool over while you make your selection.
At Andreoli’s you order at the counter deli style, grab yourself a nice bottle of wine, find a seat and enjoy. A quick note: bring a cork-screw with you and you can avoid the $5 corking charge. Wine with your dinner at Andreoli’s is a very reasonable deal.
Also, speaking of finding a seat, Around Phoenix suggests you arrive before 6:30 if you can. The place gets packed fast. We also suggest you go sometime soon on a Saturday night.
If you arrive right at 6pm on Saturday you can be first in line for Chef Giovanni Scorzo’s house speciality – focaccia-style, wood-fired pizza. Well, you might be second in line because there’s a good chance Around Phoenix will already be there.
Andreoli’s serves up pizza on Wednesday and Saturday nights and the experience is not to be missed.
Around Phoenix says this is hands down the best pizza in town.
You’ll have to turn up yourself to find out what Giovanni is fixing that day but go ahead and try any of them you won’t be disappointed.
The pastas are generous and delicious too. I tried the spagettini and clams last Friday. It was excellent. When Ms. AP saw the big pile of fresh clams in the shell she wished she had picked it too.
We also tried the grilled calamari appetizer. Very flavorful, but beware you can definitely taste it’s been grilled.
Finally, don’t resist dessert even if you have to take it home and enjoy it later. I’ve never had a croissant with such a light, sweet yet crunchy crust. I don’t know how Chef does it. You’ll likely be saying the same thing about any item you pick.
Get yourself to Andreoli Italian Grocer. If you’re like us and don’t like to wait get there early. If you are also like us and love great pizza go there on Saturday night.
Andreoli’s is at 8800 E. Via Linda in Scottdsale, on the NW corner of 90th Street and Via Linda.