La Bocca Valley-wide

by Mike Hunter

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Known in its Tempe location for incredible Mediterranean and Italian food, La Bocca Urban Kitchen + Wine Bar added locations in Chandler and on High Street in North Phoenix in recent months. This eatery is famous for its made-from-scratch pizzas and all-fresh and high-quality ingredients that take the flavors of these regions to an authentically delicious level. The perfect spot for lunch.

Offerings include light-weight starts like Warm Queen Creek Olives, antipasti plates, multiple hummus varieties and cheese plates. The Bruschetta Planks are killer and a reason to return each day of the week. There are many to choose from. The Smoked Prosciutto with fig and truffle oil is a great start. But trying the Spanish served with manchego cheese, olives and roasted peppers will make a trip to one of the three Valley locations worth it. Salads are robust and include the Grilled Peach Summer Salad with arugula, burrata cheese, candied walnuts and white onion tossed in a sherry vinaigrette.

For something heartier, try a sandwich or one of the famed pizzas. The Pesto Caprese sandwich is a delight, with house-made fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato, and smeared with the house-made pesto. The Bocca Trio pizza is a popular one and is covered in crushed San Marzano tomatoes, pepperoni, finocchiona salami and Schreiner’s “Sicilian” sausage atop mozzarella and fontina cheeses, Queen Creek olives and fresh herbs. Many more pizzas to choose from include the traditional Margherita and the Truffled Mushroom — to name a few.

The atmosphere is open and inviting, with a modern-meets-Old-World charm. Booths, artifacts and exposed brick provide for an environment that only adds to the regional flavors of this hot spot.

5415 E. High St., Phoenix  •  (480) 840-1799

699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe  •  (480) 967-5244

1 E. Boston St., Chandler  •  (480) 584-5853

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