1st place: Va Bene Restaurant & Wine-Martini Bar4647 E. Chandler Blvd.(480) 706-4070www.vabeneaz.com
An Ahwatukee Foothills staple for more than 13 years, Va Bene Restaurant & Wine-Martini Bar is the readers' choice as 2008's "Best Italian Food" champion.
As is the case at any great Italian restaurant - whether across the pond in the home country or back here in the United States - comfort and tradition reign supreme. Owners Sasha and Donna Cosic take pride in the fact that the family-owned Va Bene is no different.
"We have grown together in many ways. Business, family friends.
"(Patrons) know when they walk in what to expect. Our staff has been with us for many years ... we strive to give the best of ourselves, whether it be our food or service. We have also had the pleasure to meet many new faces in our community and welcome them just as our dear customers that have supported us through the many years,"
2nd place: Arrivederci Trattoria4221 E. Chandler Blvd.(480) 759-9292www.azitaly.com
3rd place: That Italian Place3941 E. Chandler Blvd.(480) 759-4459www.thatitalianplace.com