North Italia

by Mike Hunter

PowerLunch_North-3The northern Italian countryside is known for its small towns and quaint, farm-fresh cuisine that has recently inspired an incredible culinary movement. Sam Fox’s North Italia was a true pioneer in bringing this quality food and many of the traditional Italian dishes to the table years ago. With two local locations, this rustic Italian hot spot is truly becoming a must for those who dine out often.

The foods are made with the highest quality ingredients — some from local farmers right here in Arizona. The menu is simple yet flavorful, guaranteed to please the palate. The Chef’s Boards offer cured meats, cheeses and seasonal ingredients that come together in varied delicious combinations. They are fresh and incredibly light dishes to begin your meal or eat while having that impromptu casual business meeting. The salads are made to please. The Heirloom Beet with roasted beets, apple, arugula, hazelnuts and ricotta salato cheese and tossed with a lemon crème fraiche is light but seasoned to pull all of the flavors together in each bite. The Italian Farmers Salad is a combination of Molinari salami, provolone cheese, roasted pepper, red onions and olives in an Italian vinaigrette.

For a main dish, try a pasta like the Chicken Pesto. The gigli pasta (a fluted, curly pasta) is tossed in pesto and covered in pine nuts and crispy capers. The Spinach Tortelloni is a heartier offering filled with roasted mushroom, Bloomsdale spinach and ricotta and sprinkled with pecorino and saba. Pizzas are also a favorite. The wood-fired pizzas are delicate and coated with ingredients that make it impossible to not order one for the table. The Pig combines pepperoni, soppressata, salami and Italian fennel sausage in a delicate sauce for the perfect meal. The Fig and Prosciutto pizza brings prosciutto di parma, figs, goat cheese and arugula together for a refreshing alternative to the more meaty options.

Each location is a unique experience. The Arcadia location is a modern farmhouse with a rustic open room that truly feels like a remodeled barn. The Kierland Commons location is modern and elegant, with a patio on the sidewalk in a more urban setting. Both are well-served by staff, and lunch is a true pleasure as dishes are served quickly and smart service is there for the taking.

4925 N. 40th St., Phoenix
(602) 324-5600

Kierland Commons
15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 948-2055

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