44: Mozzarella Carozza at Aiello's Fine Italian Dining

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Number 44: Mozzarella carozza at Aiello's Fine Italian Dining

Leave it to the Italians to turn a grilled cheese into something fancy-schmancy -- and better than the original version.

At Aiello's, the cozy mom-and-pop Italian restaurant just north of Camelback on Central, the mozzarella carozza is a must-try dish, served up as an appetizer but truly filling enough (actually, it's flat-out decadent) to be a meal unto itself. Sure, you'll probably gorge on pasta, but not until you're already stuffed with melted mozzarella. Go ahead, be a trooper. I've never regretted any food coma that resulted from eating too much mozzarella carozza.

This is two sandwiches oozing mozzarella all over the plate, dipped in egg and sauteed until golden. They douse the whole thing in a knock-your-socks-off sauce of white wine, capers, lemon, anchovies, and onions, and the result is heavenly: acidic meets buttery, crisp meets creamy. Just thinking about it makes me want to head back there a.s.a.p. . . .

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Location Info

Aiello's East Coast Italian Dining - CLOSED

5202 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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