Anzio’s Italian Restaurant is a place for enticing Italian plates with fantastic service. Unexpectedly tucked next to an auto parts store, the restaurant is in a compact plaza. Once you enter, you get a true Italian atmosphere. Stunning landscape paintings hung in between booths. A slick glaze covered their green tables. Relaxing and easygoing music that your grandparents listened to played over the speakers.
Dishes on hot plates were well presented. One excellent choice for the appetizer is the Combination Platter. You get samples of their fried mushrooms, cheesesticks, fried zucchini and onion rings.
Spaghetti is the staple for any Italian place. The pasta wasn’t too buttery and had enough sauce to cover the soft but firm noodles. Their choices included mushroom sauce, meat sauce, meatballs or sausage. This dish is also dealt with a small salad and garlic bread.
Another excellent Italian choice is the pizza. Their pizza is crispy with melted, pull apart cheese. All of them are made with 100 percent Wisconsin provolone. Thin crust is available upon request, and extra thick crust can be made for an additional $2.25 for their small and medium sizes only. They have an array of toppings, and each additional selection comes with an added charge.
If pasta and pizza aren’t up your alley, there are salads, soups, wraps, wings and boneless wings, seafood, platters, sandwiches, hot subs and deli sandwiches. Topped with provolone and marinara, the chicken parmigiana sandwich was crispy and full of flavor. Warm and savory french fries or shoestring fries are a recommended side choice.
Desserts are amazing. Their tastes range from cannoli’s, brownie or strawberry sundaes and cheesecakes. One heavenly dessert is the chocolate chip calzone. White and milk chocolate melts in the folds of a fluffy calzone topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. The divine dish takes about 20-25 minutes to bake, but it is well worth it.
A luncheon special is available Monday through Saturday between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Pasta dishes include a choice of soup or salad and garlic or french bread.
A banquet room is available for special occasions and private parties. They are also available for catering and takeout.
The restaurant has been voted Best of Phoenix. It has also been featured on PBS “Check, Please”. Groupons are available and are limited to one per table.
Anzio’s is open seven days a week. Sundays through Thursdays is from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays 11 a.m.-10 p.m. It is located at 12418 N 28th Drive Suite 1 Phoenix, Arizona 85029.