Classic Italian Pizza, Tempe ArizonaAppearances aren’t everything! Classic Italian Pizza is tucked away in a not-so-appealing strip mall located on Basline and Rural roads in Tempe.  While the outside may make you want to turn and run, the inside will blow you away.

Inside it is warm and quaint with a small bar and a brick oven for cooking pizzas.  There is a small secluded patio out back which is awesome, weather permitting.  The menu is small, just pizza, some basic salads and calzones.  But the food is wonderful!

I prefer it to over-hyped Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix.  No need to wait three hours when you can walk right in and be seated at Classic Italian.  This is a perfect spot for a first date.  Make sure to call ahead as if I remember correctly, they’re closed on Mondays. Also be aware that they close for a few weeks in July or August each year to make a trip to Europe.  Overall, a really cool Tempe hole-in-the-wall with great food and atmosphere.

Overall Pricing:

  • Entrees:  $8-12
  • Beer: $4 – $5
  • Wine: $5-9

Overall Rating & Recommendations:

  • Best pizza in town
  • One of a kind place that will surely impress
  • Great staff
  • 8.5 for pizza quality and atmosphere

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