The day is dragging on, the week is dragging slower. You're hungry and grumpy and in no mood to go out, or to cook. Tonight's battle plan includes picking up a few things on the way home that require zero effort to prepare, but are far removed from the idea of a greasy bag of fast food. A foraged meal like this could be just the thing to perk you up and get you through the rest of the week.
The Meal: New York pizza and cannoli
The Spot: Defalco's Italian Deli
Location: 2334 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Closest Freeways: 101 Freeway, Scottsdale Road, East McDowell Road
Open Until: 9 p.m.
There is something downright restorative and celebratory about a pizza dinner. It's casual, comforting, and feels like a break from workday routines. Add to that feeling the near euphoria of a well-made cannoli, and you've got yourself a humble, but oh-so-indulgent feast.
The family-owned Defalco's Italian Deli makes pizza in a stone-fire oven for a thin, chewy crust that is more like a fresh-baked flatbread. The toppings are all high-quality, and the pies only get better as they cool down, which is good news for those of us with a long commute. The shop is packed with pasta, imported condiments and sweets, bottles of wine, and a full deli counter. It's fun to peruse, but the line gets super-long in the evenings, so it's better to place your order ahead of time and head directly to the cashier to pick it up when you arrive.
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Pizza Bianca (White Pizza): Mozzarella, ricotta, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, fresh basil ($10 for a 12-inch, $15 for a 16-inch)
Pizza Margherita: San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh garlic ($12 for a 12-inch, $17 for a 16-inch)
Original and chocolate-dipped cannoli: Super-creamy filling and an unsweetened, pie-like crust makes for the perfect dessert with a small cup of espresso ($3 for the classic, $3.50 for the chocolate-dipped)
Total Price: Around $30
Average Time in Shop: Call in your order (480-990-8660). Pizza is ready within 15 minutes, so you can walk in, pick up your pies, and go