“Mangia” is Italian for “eat.” Here is a list of some of the Valley’s best Italian restaurants for lunch, where it is not all about pasta and heavy meals.
Hard to go wrong here. Brio is a traditional modern Italian hot spot in the heart of urban Scottsdale, at Scottsdale Quarter, and in Gilbert, at SanTan Village. The lunch menu includes splits of flatbreads and salads and Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes.
15301 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
2150 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert
Set in an old Downtown Phoenix home complete with hardwood floors, exposed brick walls and stained glass, this urban pizzeria café uses locally grown and imported ingredients that delight in simple Italian lunch items and is a creative setting for a business lunch.
603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix
The patio is a great vantage point to enjoy the activity at South Bridge and the bridge over the canal to Scottsdale Waterfront. Chef Marcellino and Sima take rightful pride in authentic Italian cuisine served in an atmosphere created to further its enjoyment.
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
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