Arcadia and Camelback Corridor Best Pizza – Part 2

One of my absolute favorite restaurants in the Camelback Corridor is Oregano’s Pizza Bistro. Not going to lie, it is my favorite for many reasons. Where to start? Well, one – it is, hands down, my favorite pizza! Two, it is owned by my favorite man AKA: my husband :). Three, well just read on…

Oregano’s is incredibly popular, with wait times sometimes reaching close to 2 ½ hours. Another reason I love it here? Oregano’s is the only place I know where you can have as much fun waiting as you do after you are seated. It’s true – you’ll find yourself making friends and enjoying pizza bites the Oregano’s staff share to tide you over while you wait.

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An open kitchen allows you to see pizzas cooking in the vintage, two level pizza oven.

The atmosphere and staff make you feel at home from the moment you enter; wherever you are in Oregano’s you get a “hello” or “good bye” from everyone you pass (and a genuine smile!).

Owner Mark Russell has done what seems impossible – in each Orgeano’s he has created an atmosphere that is welcoming to everyone – from families to couples (they’ve even won the Best Restaurant in Phoenix for Date Night!). It’s truly all about the guest here. From the moment you park the car until you leave, having happy guests (whether they’re kids or adults) is the #1 priority.

You already know I love great food, so it should come as no surprise that I also love leftovers from my favorite restaurants. At Oregano’s the portion sizes are BIG and BIGGER, so you get enough food to take home and enjoy later.

Chicago, the owner’s hometown, is the inspiration for Oregano’s food and atmosphere. The antiques showcased in all the Oregano’s are a tribute to family and all are hand selected by the owner (for more about why each antique is treasured, click here). Mark owns all 13 Oregano locations throughout the Valley with additional restaurants slated to open in new Arizona locations in early 2014.

I could go on and on about my favorite restaurants, but I’ll save those for future blogs. If you haven’t had a chance to try out pizza from the places above, you’re welcome.

 

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Best Pizza In Arcadia and Camelback Corridor

Let’s talk pizza – specifically let’s talk about the awesome pizza available in the Camelback Corridor and Arcadia.

Tommy V’s Osteria and Pizzeria has been a local icon for decades (yes, literally). Customers who know genuine Italian food rave about Tommy V’s, and they aren’t alone.

Tommy V’s is the sister restaurant to the upscale Tomaso’s (the restaurants are next to each other). While the atmosphere is more casual than Tomaso’s, the food, drinks, and service are on par with Tomaso’s. If you’ve never been to either of the restaurants, know that the service is outstanding!

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Born in Italy, owner Chef Tomaso Maggiore makes frequent trips to Italy to maintain his “fresh approach to authentic Italian cuisine” (quote is from Tomaso’s website). For Tommy V’s, Chef Maggiore has poured his passion for fresh ingredients and superior flavors into a menu that offers a variety of affordable selections. The pizzas are cooked in a wood fired oven, and they taste incredible! Pizzas vary from the traditional (such as the Pizza Margherita) to the innovative – check out the Smoked Salmon pizza! Everything on the menu is great, so feel free to try any of them (or go often enough to try them all!). Let me know your favorite Tommy V’s menu item.

The Parlor Pizzeria has won numerous awards, including being awarded one of the best pizzas in the country (and the best in Arizona) by Food Network. From the moment you walk in the door, the atmosphere and decor lets you know this place is special.

One of the most talked about menu item is the “Duck Club” – people RAVE about it! As a vegetarian I can’t offer a personal opinion, but I would be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you about it.

On to the pizza, though. The Parlor’s pizzas are cooked in a brick oven, and one of the most popular pizzas is the “Salsiccia” (a.k.a. the pizza that won over the Food Network). But really, you can’t go wrong with any of the pizzas on the menu – they’re all great!

And I’m not done – stay tuned for part 2 of this blog and read more about my favorite pizza places in Arcadia and Camelback Corridor. If I haven’t mentioned your favorite pizzeria let me know.

What else is there to love about Arcadia and Camelback Corridor? I put together a video about it! Check it out here.

*Photo of pizza is from http://theparlor.us/camera.htm