Downtown Phoenix continues to be a dining destination and now you can add Rosso Italian to your list of restaurants to visit. Owner Stefano Fabbri is no stranger to the valley as he’s also owns Pomo Pizzeria with several locations in Scottsdale and Phoenix. For Rosso (at CityScape) he wanted to offer a contemporary take on premium Italian cuisine having grown up in Bologna, he’s influenced by his native Italy and global flavors.
“I have always harbored a dream of expanding Pomo Restaurant Group with a new twist,” said Fabbri. “When the opportunity presented itself, I knew the timing was perfect. The energy and vibe of Downtown Phoenix combined with the perfect location and ambiance solidified my belief that Rosso Italian would be the ultimate dining experience.”
On the menu at Rosso Italian
I recently was invited to meet with Stefano and enjoyed dishes like ‘Nduja Mussels in a cream, white wine and tomato sauce and Polenta Short Rib. Both are tasty ways to start your meal with. The Beets Salad has chunks of red and yellow beets, frisee, goat cheese, pistachios and beet chips. I wish we had the Tuna Tartare Burrata as it sounds like a great combination. The Gnocchi Burrata in the cherry tomato sauce is a good bet. Entrees include Pork Chop Milanese along with Roasted Half Chicken. Fans of Pomo will be glad to see several pizzas on the menu including the Diavola. Topped with Hot Soppressata, tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil and a honey drizzle it won’t disappoint. For those on special diets gluten free and vegan pizzas are also available. Save room for dessert that includes Panna Cotta and Tiramisu.
The wine list is heavy with Italian wines but includes other food friendly wines from around the globe. I tasted a couple of signature cocktails including the Italian Stallion (Basil Hayden Bourbon and Amaretto) and Galliano Old Fashioned ( Rye whiskey and Galliano) and both went down easy.
He plans to add to the menu in the near future and open for lunch. Currently the restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday – Sunday from 3 – 10 p.m. He will be opening 7 days a week in the coming weeks. For more information visit their website.
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