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11 Best Italian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

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Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood, set in the adobe-style building once home to Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine in downtown Cave Creek, is an upscale retreat for wine, pasta, and seafood.

Mixed vegetables with sauce
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A Seafood Lover's Guide to Greater Phoenix

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In a sit-down setting, order the brown-bagged Frittura di Mare (hand-battered calamari and shrimp) from Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood.

Grilled meat, vegetables and dip
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First Taste: Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood, Or Fine Dining in the Old West

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Upon walking in, the first thing you might notice is how — thank goodness — the owners of Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood kept some of the fixtures from Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, like the spindly, frozen wood décor that divides the bar area from the dining room.

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— LAUREN CUSIMANO

Couple brings their hometown flavors to Cave Creek

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Federico Venturini and Viola Tagliaferri, the husband-and-wife duo behind Carefree’s Pizzicata, are expressing their love for their home country of Italy with Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood in Cave Creek.

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FOUND:Re in Phoenix Will Soon Reopen With a Market and Bar, Plus More Phoenix Food News

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It’s Friday, and we have three big chunks of Phoenix restaurant news to cap off the week: a new Cave Creek restaurant, a new downtown artisan market, and free food for Arizona teachers. Let’s dig in.

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This 'high-end' Italian restaurant will open in the ex-Cartwright's location in Cave Creek

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Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood will open in the former Cartwright's location on Sept. 28. The restaurant comes from a trio of owners including husband-and-wife team Federico Venturini and Viola Tagliaferri and partner Philip Igneri. It will be a "fusion between an American steakhouse and high-end Italian" restaurant, Venturini says.

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— Lauren Saria