Get sauced with drink deals and meaty starters at these pie-in-the-sky Italian eateries.
19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale
Master Chef Matteo Schiavone knows his dough – and he has the paper to prove it. Made with imported Italian flour and Mediterranean sea salt and baked at an eyebrow-singeing 905 degrees F, Pomo’s authentic pies are certified by both major Neapolitan oversight agencies: Verace Pizza Napoletana (VPN) and Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani (APN). Park your Vespa at the door and score $2 off specialty cocktails during happy hour at the sleek indoor bar, or park your booty outside and enjoy $4 house Chianti paired with mini meatballs ($5). Sadly, Schiavone’s hand-tossed pizza isn’t on special, but afternoon eaters can still get a taste of Italy with $5 calamari, mini calzones and angioletti (fried dough with tomatoes). Wash them down with a cool brew like Ballast Point IPA or Papago Orange Blossom, on special for $2 off. M-F 3-6 p.m. Bar only.
26 E. University Dr., Tempe
With its well-stocked outdoor bar, cornhole court and lawn chairs, Tempe’s Shady Park invites guests to stick around and mingle in the great outdoors. Inside, the décor hovers somewhere between retro pizza parlor and ‘70s dive bar. Picture a dark hideaway with chrome stools, wood bar and decorative cinderblock walls just steps from the hipster hype of Tempe’s Mill Avenue. Specials here are as funky and cheap as a blue polyester suit, with garlicky thin-crust pizza slices offered for just $2.99 during happy hour. The big secret? Groovy diners score a well drink or draft brew for just a penny with each slice ordered. So grab a rum and coke or a glass of Deschutes’ Fresh Squeezed IPA and head to the patio for a game in the sun. M 2 p.m.-close, Tu-F 2-6 p.m.
Upper Crust Pizza Patio & Wine Bar
2445 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix
Newly-opened midtown pizza joint Upper Crust merges the traditions of a laid-back sports bar and Little Italy pizza joint, its red checkered tablecloths a throwback to the days of family dinners and cheesy slices as big as your head. Wind down with $3 domestic drafts including Bud Light and Coors or a $3 glass of Big House red or white wine. There’s plenty of discount grub to mangia while watching a football or hockey game on the big screen. Touch down with $5 meatballs, stuffed ‘shrooms or spinach dip washed down with a $3 well drink. Or munch on a drumstick from Upper Crust’s pound of bone-in wings ($6) every time your team scores a goal. Additional happy hour deals include $3 focaccia and $1 off selected cocktails. M-F 4-7 p.m. Bar/lounge and patio only.
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