Times Square in North Phoenix: Eating the World

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Josh Chesler
Linguini Principessa is one of several seafood dishes at Times Square in Phoenix.

We spin the globe and search for otherworldly spots to expand our eating horizons around the Valley.
The Place: Times Square Neighborhood Italian Restaurant
2602 West Deer Valley Road
www.timessquareaz.com

See also: 10 Best Italian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Josh Chesler
The calamari is one of our favorite appetizers at Times Square, along with the fried mozzarella.

The Setting: Fancy is not a word used to describe the atmosphere of Times Square, but considering that the Italian restaurant neighbors a Waffle House and a Castle Megastore, that shouldn't be much of a surprise. The recent opening of a second location at Seventh Street and Union Hills Drive helped to spread out the dinner rush that often overcrowded the small space, but the combination of bar seats, booths and tables means that you can generally find a spot to sit and eat without too much of a wait. Though there aren't any bells and whistles, the come-as-you-are nature gives it a casual vibe without seeming trashy or disgusting. It's the kind of place you could go after a Little League game or on a date and it'd be fine either way.

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Josh Chesler
Times Square may have perfected the art of frying foods and covering them in cheese and sauce.

The Food: If you're going to judge an Italian restaurant based on its red sauce, it's hard to beat Times Square. Whether you're there for the pizza, the fried mozzarella appetizer or the chicken parmesan, anything covered in cheese and sauce is delicious. Seafood dishes such as the linguini principessa, fried calimari and fresh clams were robust with flavor without tasting fishy, and the calzone we tried was as good as any pizza place we've had. Even the foot-long garlic bread that's served with the entrées is crisp and flavorful without being too greasy or overpoweringly garlic-flavored. We've heard breakfast there is good too, but that doesn't shock us since it's tough to find anything to dislike on the menu.

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Josh Chesler
Don't worry, the calzone comes with a generous side of red sauce.

The Reason We Love It: For our money, Times Square is one of the best Italian restaurants in Phoenix. If you're looking for New York-style Italian food without dropping over $20 per plate (for most things), it's worth your time to find the unassuming building off of Deer Valley Road or stop in at the previously mentioned new location. The portions are big, the food is heavy, and a good portion of our favorites are fried and smothered in mozzarella and sauce, but sometimes that's just how Italian food is done best.

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Location Info

Times Square Neighborhood Italian Restaurant

2602 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Castle Megastore

21815 N. 26th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General


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27 comments
Joan Parker
Joan Parker

Im sorry the pic looks like worms yuk

Paul Whelan
Paul Whelan

Great place! Try the location at 7th st and Union Hills. Nice bar. Great neighborhood bar to hang out!

Shannon Hanna
Shannon Hanna

And they just opened one up by my place! Yummy! :)

Deborah Bernstein
Deborah Bernstein

Love this place...not sure abt the second locale, though. Quintessential neighborhood restaurant

Goran Franjkić
Goran Franjkić

Mitch Van Dyke No I haven't but now it makes me wanna go try it.

Cherry Buffington
Cherry Buffington

We have enjoyed Time Square with our families and friends many times.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Had it...nothing special, but it was good.

Mitch Van Dyke
Mitch Van Dyke

Goran Franjkić - have you been here? Looks good

Luca Tosetto
Luca Tosetto

Fantastic meals in the pics! I would try the taste if is really italian... Good!

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