Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge in Cave Creek
|The Kantak chop salad and pane caprese drizzled with balsamic at Amaro Pizzeria and Vino Lounge.|
|The Buccatini Bolognese with freshly shaven parmesan.|
It may be a bit of a trek for us CenPho residents, but the opening of Amaro helps to fill an artisan pizzeria void in the North Valley. Cave Creek now proudly boasts its own version of The Parlor, Cibo, or La Bocca. A chic, urban pizzeria and wine bar with a swanky atmosphere well suited to a first date, a classy work happy hour, or a gathering of friends and family over good wine and even better pizza.
(more mouth-watering pictures and the menu break-down after the jump)
|A familiar favorite, the Kantak Chop.|
|One gigantic meatball.|
Amaro makes it easy to do so, with antipasto starters like pane caprese, a new twist on an old favorite. Tasty toasted foccacia cubes, pulled mozzarella balls, and garlicky tomatoes tossed in a balsamic pesto sauce. Or try one of their filling meatballs, hand-rolled from a trio of ground veal, pork and beef, and smothered with fresh marinara sauce that would make your grandmama proud. As with just about anything, a sliver of freshly shaven parmesan makes it even better.
|The spinach tomato pizza.|
Creative pasta combinations and plenty of hearty entrees are also on the menu, but the outstanding Buccatini Bolognese notwithstanding, the selections weren't anything remarkable. Chicken parm and plenty of pasta options are available for the Italian food traditionalists out there, but we would much prefer to double up on the appetizers, drool-worthy salads, and pizzas.
Whatever you choose, don't forget to leave room for dessert. The caramel-topped panna cotta and tiramisu were silky and rich heaven-sent delights. Sweet-tooth satisfying and totally worth the calories.
|Silky panna cotta topped with caramel and strawberries, and a luscious slice of tiramisu.|