Dessert First

Grape & Olive Oil Cake at The Parlor

The Parlor is not any ol' pizzeria. Named Arizona's Best Pizza by the Food Network last year, the restaurant is no stranger to awards, and it's also known for its modern design aesthetic, which is warm, inviting, and maintains a cool vibe without shoving chic down diners' throats. The same can be said about the menu -- case in point, the Agnello pizza with housemade lamb sausage, olive tapenade, goat cheese, mint pesto, and Marcona almonds. It might sound a little fancy to those who usually stick to pepperoni, but the flavors blend to produce a deliciously rustic result. The Parlor also is hosting a series of summer dinners, each with a menu crafted for select wine, beer, or cocktails. And did I mention that the restaurant has an on-site garden to grow herbs and vegetables?

So there are many reasons to like the place, but of all the press it receives, there's never mention of the dessert offerings. The pizza is incredible, the sandwiches are satisfying, and the drinks are mean. But is the final course worth ordering? There are quite a few options to choose from, including standards like Chocolate Cake and standouts like Grape & Olive Oil Cake, so we taste-tested both to get a good overview of The Parlor's sweet offerings.

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Dominique Chatterjee