North in Arcadia: Happy Hour Report Card
The Spot: North
Heather Hoch $8 pizzas are your choice of margherita or the daily option at North.
4925 North 40th Street
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 until 6 p.m.
Now we've been pretty harsh to certain Sam Fox happy hours in the past, but that certainly doesn't condemn his other spots. That's why we came into North, a quaint Italian country-style restaurant, with an open mind. The open-air bar, porch-style patio, and spacious interior are all welcoming enough and you have your pick of any seating during happy hour.
Unlike The Yard's happy hour, North impressed us with generous portions and uncomplicated and unpretentious fare. $8 pizzas, $5 bruschetta and $10 chef boards are all up for grabs, along with $3 zucca chips. You can also get a $20 board and bottle with your choice of pizza, bruschetta or board with a bottle of red or white wine. Being the cheap eaters we are, we opted for the daily chef's board with a bottle of red wine. The chef's board what a mountainous helping of meats, cheeses, olives, nuts, schmears and bread, which was a pleasant, belly-pleasing surprise.
Next we opted for the pizza del giorno, which was a sweet and creamy combo of fig, caramelized onion, goat cheese and arugula. While us Phoenicians are spoiled by a wealth of upscale, authentic pizzerias, North's buttery crust pizza is definitely worth a try, especially at eight bucks a pop.