Picazzo's Organic Kitchen: Happy Hour Report Card
|Picazzo's meatballs with fresh marinara are good at any hour, but the price is great at happy hour.|
The Spot : Picazzo's Organic Kitchen, 440 W. Warner Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284. 480-831-5823
Picazzo's has four other valley locations: The Esplanade; North Scottsdale; Paradise Valley; and Goodyear. Check each location for variations in menu and prices. Other AZ locations include: Casa Grande, Tucson, Sedona, Flagstaff, and Surprise.
The Hours: Picazzo's has a happy hour every day of the week. Sunday through Thursday happy hour pricing is available from 3-7pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 3-6pm.
The Details: With endless opportunities for organic, gluten-free, meat-eating, or the non-meating eating guest, there is something for everyone on Picazzo's menu. During happy hour, all appetizers are half price, and so are all 'organic beverages', which really means all of the cocktails, wine, and beer. Most of their cocktails are made form organic liquors and they offer gluten-free beers as well as your standard picks of microbrew and domestics. Everything here is fresh, tasty, and good for you. If you are on a gluten-free diet and you are dying to sink your teeth into pizza, this is definitely the place for you. If you are not on a gluten-free diet and you love really good pizza, this is the place for you. Try the meatballs or an order of BBQ Chipotle chicken wings for $4.75 during happy hour.
|Cucumber and Gin or Basil and Vodka? Tough decision, tasty results.|
|The brie didn't stand a chance at our table.|
The Conclusion: If you are looking for a fresh alternative to standard happy hour fare with an Italian flavor palette, or if you are on a strict gluten-free diet, go to Picazzo's right away. Boasting a seal of approval from the Celiac Society for their gluten free practices, they keep utensils and kitchen space separate for their gluten-free cooking. The food is fresh, organic, with many local products. Another happy hour stand out was the Roasted Garlic and Brie for $5.25, which did not last long at our table. The Organic Cucumber Gin Fizz went down smooth at $4 as well. The wings and meatballs are heaping in portion size and in flavor. If you have a loved one who is suffering on a gluten free diet, take them to Picazzo's immediately. We love that they offer happy hour seven days a week.