MAMA MIA! Just saying that makes me want to dive right into a plate of spaghetti. To tell you the truth, I don’t think I’ve ever met a dish of pasta that I didn’t like. I find that the trouble with Italian food is you just can’t stop eating once you start. First come the bread sticks, and then comes the salad, and from there it’s all downhill. Just in case you are up for the challenge, check out these featured Tempe Italian restaurants.
If you’re in the mood for a big Italian family dinner, look no further than Rigatony’s. My family has celebrated many birthdays and celebrations here, and every time we leave full and happy. The best dish on the menu, in my opinion, is the RigaTony — rigatony pasta baked in a rich mozzarella sauce, topped with a garlic-spike marinara and your choice of Italian sausage (my favorite), meatballs, chicken or steamed broccoli. Yum! The portions are large and great for sharing. RigaTony’s offers a robust kids menu too, so bring the kids!
(480) 899-1111 | 1850 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 – Warner Rd. and McClintock Dr.
Spinato’s has been providing delicious Italian food to Phoenix area residents for over 40 years. A brand new location recently opened in Tempe, and it’s of course amazing, as expected. Perfect for any type of group, including families with littles to happy hour with co-workers, Spinato’s fits the bill. My favorite dishes include the Momma’s Signature Pizza and the Super Six Pizza. The calzones are also out of this world.
(480) 967-0020 | 96 S. Rockford Dr. Ste. #108, Tempe, AZ 85281 – Rio Salado Pkwy. and the 101
Once noted for having the best wine selections in the country, Caffe Boa is one of Mill Avenue’s hidden treasures. Located on 398 S. Mill Avenue, Caffe Boa strives to serve the best Italian dishes with the finest organic and all natural ingredients. Founded over 20 years ago, Caffe Boa offers only fresh local quality food such as fresh baked breads from local bakers and produce from local organic farmers. I recommend trying the Risotto Primavera, which is a mix of the spring asparagus, shucked peas, mint, and lemon all mixed in their homemade risotto is simply delizioso.
(480) 968-9112 | 398 S. Mill Ave. #110, Tempe, AZ 85281 – Downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue and 4th St.
Babbo, an Italian word meaning daddy, is a contemporary family-style Italian eatery located on 9920 S. Rural Road. Their menu is inspired by family, as well as travel, and is developed through collaboration with everyone behind the stove. My favorite is the classic Spaghetti & Meatballs, which are made to perfection with their oven fresh focaccia bread. It’s so good that you’ll be begging for more! Go and enjoy a delicious plate of homemade pasta and leave feeling like part of the family.
(480) 785-5700 | 9920 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 – Ray Rd. and Rural Rd.
For a taste of Italy right in your own backyard, head to Vincitorio’s on 1835 E. Elliot Road, just east of McClintock Dr. This neighborhood restaurant makes fresh handmade pasta daily and has over 200 wines to choose from. Vincitorio’s has established itself as being one of the few restaurants that gives guests a true authentic Italian experience. Enjoy classics like the Penne Primavera, Fettuccine Pomodori Secchi or the Spaghetti E Polpette. Experience Vincitori’s restaurant and immerse yourself in the rich history of food, family and friends.
(480) 820-2786 | 1835 E. Elliot Rd. #C109, Tempe, AZ 85284 – Elliot Rd. and McClintock Dr.
Picazzo’s focuses on serving up fresh Italian food – including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and meat dishes – lots of options to fit any diet. There are over 40 vegan and vegetarian options. Additionally, they use organic ingredients whenever they can and the entire restaurant is 100% gluten free. Bring on the pizza! This is the kind of place where I feel like I can really indulge and know that it’s also healthy.
(480) 785-0522 | 440 W. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284
Know of a yummy Tempe Italian spot not on this list? We’d love to hear about it! For more information about Tempe restaurants, visit the Food & Drink section of our website or call 480-894-8158.