Do you long to find a neighborhood Italian restaurant like you remember from years ago? One where the owner works 6 twelve hour days supervising the kitchen and serving staff and chatting with the customers? On the seventh day, he shops for ingredients and does his paperwork.
I lucked out and found such a restaurant in Kingman, AZ on a recent trip. The food showed the dedication of Carlos, the owner. He made sure that the waitress properly removed the cork from our wine.
At the end of the evening, he was sitting in the midst of three tables, acting the host as all were chatting.
I can't recommend it highly enough if you are passing through the area.
Mattina's, 318 E. Oak St. Kingman, AZ