Best Italian Deli Phoenix 2008 - Andreoli Italian Grocer
Consider our world rocked. All these years, we thought we knew what an Italian deli was, but it turns out we were eating tortellini salad and meatball subs in vain. What about a panino with homemade sausage, peppers, and onions or, perhaps, bresaola with arugula and shaved Parmesan? When Giovanni Scorzo opened Andreoli Italian Grocer last year, it was a culinary (and cultural) revelation. This modest eatery really delivers a taste of the Old Country — just listen to the conversations of your fellow customers, who are probably native Italians. They're here for fresh bread and pastries, salami, mozzarella, and tiramisu, all made in-house. They're also coming in droves for Scorzo's daily specials, like Tuscan-style steak or homemade pasta. It's no surprise this guy cooks up such lip-smacking dishes; he's the former chef-owner of award-winning Leccabaffi. Nowadays, he's happy to work behind the counter, butchering meats and waiting on customers himself. We bet he's rocked a lot of people's worlds at Andreoli.