We tried Pizza a Metro last night on our way to First Friday downtown and had a wonderful meal. Their pizza (eggplant & mozarella) and fresh bread from the wood oven (pane caldo - served with a delicious semi-carmelized onion/eggplant/olive tempenade) were really delicious.
The show stealer, though, was the gnocchi. They were the lightest we've ever had, and were served in a fresh tomato sauce with basil and draped with melted mozarella. My husband proclaimed that these were the lightest gnocchi he's had in 20 years in Phoenix. As an Italian from New York, that statement holds some weight. He can't have a meal without meat, so he also requested grilled sausage on the side which, while not on the menu, the kitchen had no problem accomodating. It was delicious as well, and I was happy to share with him.
We are anxious to go back and try the other fresh pastas (cheese ravioli, lasagna, cannelloni) as well as other pasta dishes from the longer list of 'standard' pastas (which do appear to be boxed pasta - not that that's a bad thing). There are several chicken dishes on the menu as "secondi".
We had a small Siciliana pizza with tomato sauce, eggplant and mozarella. Their tomato sauce was light, fresh and delicious and I was happily surprised to see pepper in it. I enjoyed watching the pizza cook in the wood burning oven - it's a small place (only 20 chairs), so many seats have that view. The pizza was really delicious. I have to mention how beautiful the meter long pizzas were! I've never seen a pizza that size/shape. They were draping one with prosciutto when we walked in, and it was truly a thing of beauty! When the rightful owners of that pizza arrived for pick-up, they stopped right there and enjoyed a piece before taking it home. The atmosphere in this small restaurant was really nice as frequent customers stopped in for things to go, exchanging handshakes and hugs aplenty with the gracious owner.
What a great find! Yet another example of really great chow in Phoenix can be found in a strip-mall. Even (or especially?) the dingy ones!
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