Mixed Signals

The overarching concept at radioMILANO is sharable small plates — all the items I just described, except the desserts, are listed as "appetizing entrees." And if you're in the mood for some light nibbles to go along with your cocktails, that's fine. But be prepared for portion sizes that are all over the place, in terms of sharing. Two people will have a much easier time than three or more people trying to divvy up some of these petite dishes.

As a result, dinner at radioMILANO is much pricier than it looks because you'll need to order at least two items apiece to make it out the door without a rumbling stomach. Dinner at Postino, right across the street, seems cheap in comparison, with that awesome bruschetta and substantial, entree-sized salads. Here, I'm hung up on the $12 "meatballs with some spaghetti," which is, literally, three meatballs and a few strands of pasta. How in the world anyone can share that with dignity is beyond me. (I do have a sense of humor, and spaghetti makes a cheeky garnish, but for that amount of money, the joke's on me for ordering it.)

Retro redux: At radioMILANO, old-fashioned snacks like deviled eggs share the menu with Italian-inspired dishes such as meatballs with spaghetti.
Jackie Mercandetti
Retro redux: At radioMILANO, old-fashioned snacks like deviled eggs share the menu with Italian-inspired dishes such as meatballs with spaghetti.

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RadioMILANO

3950 E. Campbell Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85018

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: East Phoenix

Details

Celery caesar salad: $9
Sautéed clams: $15
Polpetone: $14
Chocolate budino: $7
602-956-6600
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Hours: Daily, 5 to 11 p.m.
radioMILANO, 3950 East Campbell Street

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Don't get me wrong. I think this restaurant is a fine addition to the neighborhood mix. But for the moment, radioMILANO still needs some fine-tuning.

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Kara Young
Kara Young

Your review was generous. I concur with your comments toward the end; unless you shell out quite a bit of cash, be prepared to leave hungry. Prices on the wine list are just silly at a flat $35 per bottle.

We chose to leave hungry and next time, we will crash at Postino's. One entree at this wine bar always fills me up!

Radiomilano made me fill simply gouged.

Kirsten
Kirsten

Thanks for a great review.

Honest, fair and interesting. You dug far deeper into the menu than I did so your feedback was very helpful.

Thx!!

 
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