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Posted: Thursday, May 9, 2013 12:00 pm

Another Italian eatery is preparing to open in the recently closed Anzio Landing restaurant space in Mesa.

Pacino’s, at Power and McDowell roads, will serve contemporary Italian fare with “a little bit of Hollywood,” says owner Frank Spaccarelli.

He and his wife, Alicia, have moved to Mesa from California, where they previously opened, operated and eventually sold two other Pacino’s restaurants.

The Mesa Pacino’s will feature memorabilia and murals referencing the movies of actor Al Pacino, and servers will wear pinstripe shirts, suspenders and fedoras.

Chef Charles Delli Pizzi’s menu features rustic 12-inch pizzas with toppings like fried sage, shaved fennel and pine nuts, as well as entrees such as seared diver scallops, grilled hangar steak and orecchiette with fennel, sausage, olives, broccoli rabe, garlic and shaved cheese.

Spaccarelli, who says he bears a resemblance to the actor the restaurant is named for, hopes to open Pacino’s on June 3.

The building, formerly home to the long-shuttered Zocalo Spanish Grill in The Village at Las Sendas shopping center, was home briefly to Anzio Landing when it moved last September from its longtime Falcon Field location.

For information, call (480) 985-0114 or visit Facebook.com/mesapacinos.

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