Five Things to Eat if You're in Phoenix for the NCAA West Regionals

Welcome to Phoenix, basketball fans. We hope you're hungry.

Whether your team wins or loses, you'll want to break some bread. So we're here with suggestions of our favorite places to do it. For this list, we've narrowed things to central and downtown Phoenix -- but you'll still likely need a car (or a ride). Hey, it's Phoenix. We promise these spots are worth the drive. (For more dining options all over town, check out our Spring Training dining guide.) Have a favorite of your own? Leave it in the comments section.

5. Anything from the Chris Bianco Empire

Whether it's the namesake dish at Pizzeria Bianco (be sure to grab wine first at Bar Bianco), fresh mozarella salad at Pane Bianco or a classic meal at his newest spot, Italian Restaurant, you can't leave town without the Bianco experience. Check out our slideshow to whet your appetite.

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