Friday, April 14, 2017

Restaurant Review: Picazzo's

My dad was in town a few weeks ago as Phoenix was the last stop in the Mike Zito's "Make Blues, Not War" West Coast tour so he extended his stay to hang out with me. We ate our way through Phoenix which should not be a surprise to anyone. We had tacos, gluten free sweet treats, Sonoran hot dogs and then we stumbled upon Picazzo's when we went to dinner with an old friend. My dad was on board for In and Out Burger but his friend was thinking otherwise. I'm so glad that she ended up picking Picazzo's because I had never been and 90% of their menu is gluten free! SAY WHAT?! You read that right. It's gluten free and organic. OMG. I can't even.

They have won multiple awards from local magazines including Phoenix New Times for best gluten free restaurant in 2015 and 2016. That's gotta be saying something about it, right?! They even go as far as using antibiotic free poultry, nitrate/nitrite free meats, cheeses that are RbST antiobiotic free and free from hormones and GMO free. You know you're going to be getting tasty food that's good for you.

Since we were at a place that had so many options available for me, I was immediately overwhelmed by the choices. My indecisiveness kicked into full gear. Do I want pizza? Pasta? Salad? The possibilities were endless. So I decided to ask my dad's friend what her recommendation was. She said that the Zo's Chopped salad was her favorite and has never been disappointed. I usually never get salads at restaurants unless it's my only option, but I had been a fatty McFat the past few days eating my way through Phoenix so I decided that a salad was probably a good option. And then I threw the healthy out the window by getting a Cucumber Basil Breeze which was a ridiculously tasty adult beverage. YOLO!

We all ended up getting the same entree with various omissions (I hate olives so I had mine without). My dad's friend also ordered a side of caprese. We were enjoying the beautiful weather on the patio when a dust storm kicked up and we were forced to take cover inside. Luckily, it wasn't that busy that evening and we were able to snag a table without getting caught in the storm. The patio was definitely a great addition to the Scottsdale location while we were able to enjoy it.
Our food came and we were not disappointed. The salad was hearty and hit the spot. It was loaded with spinach, avocado, corn, tomatoes, quinoa, macadamia nuts, grilled chicken and a creamy Italian dressing. Someone suggested adding pesto from the caprese to the salad and that added an extra layer of deliciousness to the salad.

The caprese was delicious even though they brought it out with the meal instead of as an appetizer. They served it with a side of pesto and gluten free bread. I was in heaven ya'll! It was so nice to be able to eat everything that was ordered for once. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to snag a picture of the caprese, but you can imagine that it looked as delicious as it tasted. Guess you'll just have to imagine how good it was. 😆

I have a habit of checking into Yelp where I go because you never know what perks and freebies you can get from it. This time was no different as checking in earned me a free tiramisu dessert! Holy moly! You know how long it's been since I've had tiramisu that I could actually eat and not get sick from? Ages. I don't even remember the last time I had it. This tiramisu was LEGIT. It was soooo good I wanted to cry tears of joy. Yea it was that great. But don't take my word for it, you should try it out!
I will also mention that this is not a sponsored post so all thoughts and opinions are my own. I'm just sharing the wealth of a great gluten free restaurant that I tried in Scottsdale. I will definitely be returning to Picazzo's and next time I will try their pizza because who doesn't love pizza?!

Is there a gluten free place in the Phoenix you're curious about trying out but scared to go? Let me your guinea pig! Let me know where my next place to visit should be. Until next time my friends.