4221 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
Nouvelle Italian cuisine includes traditional dishes with a contemporary twist and served in a neighborhood restaurant setting. Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
4909 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
Lunch and dinner include pastas such as lasagna, ravioli and manicotti in addition to its famous “East Coast-style” pizzas and calzones. Great desserts and homemade sangria are favorites for diners. Open 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Buca di Beppo
7111 W. Ray Road, Chandler
Tasty southern Italian cuisine, family style, with huge portions for more than a solo effort. Open for dinner 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
5063 E. Elliot Road, Phoenix
In a calm, romantic but hip atmosphere, this longtime Ahwatukee Foothills favorite serves up Italian, Mediterranean and even southwestern cuisine. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and. Sunday.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
1060 N. 54th St., Chandler
This dinner-only Italian restaurant has been pleasing appetites for years and is counted as one of the most well known Italian eateries in the Valley. Open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Fired Up Grill
7131 W. Ray Road Suite 45, Chandler
One of the most unique features of the restaurant is its "Tabletop Grill," in which guests seated on the patio can order 2-ounce portions of chicken, steak, shrimp and ahi tuna for $2 and peppers, asparagus, zucchini and pineapple for $1.50 and grill their own food right at the table.
1334 E. Chandler Blvd.
The menu, described as being inspired by cuisines in Northern Italy, uses foods from Queen Creek Olive Oil, Four Peaks Brewery, Florence Farms Produce and others, including a small farm in the White Tank Mountains. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to last call; Friday through Saturday, 3 p.m. to last call; and Sundays from noon to last call.
Meatballz Italian Deli
7131 West Ray Road
Meatballz boasts a diverse menu of traditional Italian dishes, homemade sauces, specialty cheeses, pastas, breads, sandwiches and salads. Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Romano’s Macaroni Grill
5035 E. Ray Road, Phoenix
Pasta, wood-fired pizza and more in this popular Italian restaurant. Don’t forget to try the tiramisu. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Ruffino Italian Cuisine
4902 E. Warner Road, Phoenix
Italian food in a classy atmosphere. Enjoy escargots, prosciutto, duck ravioli and plenty more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Va Bene Restaurant
4647 E. Chandler Blvd., Phoenix
Family owned and operated. Va Bene serves Adriatic/Italian cuisine in hefty servings. Salads, soups, pizza or pasta are available as are 180 different types of domestic and imported wines. Open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and dinner 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.
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