Best Corner Italian Restaurant - 2012
Andreoli Italian Grocer
Sure, there's a counter and the walls are lined with shelves sporting imported Italian specialties, but this cozy and casual Italian eatery in Scottsdale, from chef-owner Giovanni Scorzo, serves a show-stopping selection of Old World eats comparable (if not better than) many fine-dining Italian establishments in the Valley. An impressive selection of breads, cheeses, salami, sausage — even desserts, including the chocolates — are housemade, laying the groundwork for exceptional menu items and must-try daily specials. Join the gaggle of Italian regulars with a stellar arancino siculo (Sicilian-style rice ball) filled with veal meat sauce and peas, marinated grilled calamari, or a top-notch classic sandwich packed with homemade sausage, peppers, and onions. Or, better yet, look to the daily specials board for Tuscan-style steak, housemade pasta dishes, and premium seafood selections like luscious seafood risotto with crab, sea bass, and shrimp that, while best enjoyed slowly, may be a difficult task, indeed.