Nook: A Nice Place for a Pizza in Arcadia

Categories: First Taste

Photos by Laura Hahnefeld
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When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: Nook
Location: 3623 East Indian School Road
Open: Over two weeks
Eats: American, pizzas
Price: $11 to $30 per person

Nook, the little pizzeria and American eatery from the former owners of Amaro Pizzeria & Vino Lounge in North Scottsdale, is the latest entry to pop up on the still-hot stretch of restaurant real estate on Indian School Road between 36th and 56th streets.

Tucked into Arcadia's Gaslight Square, the bustling strip mall at the corner of Indian School Road and 36th Street, the restaurant joins such notable spots as Crudo and Beckett's Table. But unlike its chef-driven neighbors, Nook seems to want to be just a nice neighborhood spot for pizza and perhaps a glass a wine. And if that's what you've come for, it is.

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Beer Braised Pork Butt Bruschetta
Nick LaRosa (formerly chef de cuisine at HMSHost, the airport food-service company where he helped open many of the new restaurants at Sky Harbor's Terminal Four) oversees Nook's mostly Italian-minded lunch and dinner menus, which feature dishes such as Chilean mussels, bruschetta, and pizzas, as well as entrees like veal picatta over housemade capellini.

The restaurant's bar responsibilities, which include a 50-bottle boutique wine list, fall to sommelier Matthew Wohleb (Amaro Pizzeria, Kazimierz World Wine Bar).

You'll want to skip the beer-braised pork butt bruschetta ($12), four slices of not-so-crunchy bread served at a temperature less warm than you might prefer and covered with a sugary barbecue sauce and an equally sweet fleshy pink dollop of coleslaw that effectively snuffs out what little flavor there is to be had in the meat.

Location Info


3623 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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I thought the pizza here was really good. Some of the other items (agreed on the disappointing bruschetta) need some fine tuning but I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt as they've only been open a couple weeks. Nice build out too. Stylish but still casual. Going to give it another try in a couple weeks. 

Deanna Elliott
Deanna Elliott

Considering all the wonderful pizza places in the Valley, this was a disappointment for me. The pizza sauce was very bland, and missing spices. Completely uninspired.

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