LOCATION: Il Capo (7366 East Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ)
GUEST(S): Robin Rothman
ORDER: 1 slice of cheese, 1 slice of grandma, 3 slices of Margherita
NY Pizza grows in Scottsdale. Whether you are in the mood for a quintessential New York slice, a twice-cooked grandma style square slice or a more traditional Neapolitan pie, Il Capo has you covered. Italian for "head" or "chief," il capo of Il Capo is longtime Big Apple resident and restauranteur Mario Rana. While Rana loves his new home in Arizona, he only missed one thing -- the pizza. So, he brought it with him... and then some. In addition to the familiar gas-powered by-the-slice options, Il Capo also offers artisan pies cooked in an imported wood-fired brick oven. I opted for the Margherita and was blown away by the high quality creamy fresh mozzarella cheese, the diced basil and rich, generously applied tomato sauce. The spotless inside dining room with its full bar is enticing but I couldn't resist eating in the outdoor seating area under the warm Arizona sun. After your hot and savory pizza, chill out with some soft serve gelato - which I also can't recommend enough.
|Owner Mario Rana showing me his imported Italian oven|
|NY style cheese slice|
|Underside of Margherita|
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