Thank you to Pomo Pizzaria for hosting me to facilitate this article.
When was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? I mean a real Italian restaurant. Not a NY style Italian that really serves American food with Italian names. I’m talking about an Italian restaurant where almost the majority of the ingredients come from Italy. And again, not some commercial European business importing low quality Italian olive oil. I mean high-end Italian ingredients sourced for their quality and authenticity, regardless of their cost.
So now that I’ve set the ground rules, I will ask you again… when was the last time you went to an Italian restaurant? The answer for the great majority of you is going to be never. Sure, we’ve all had great Italian food, and yes, a lot of these restaurants have Italian-born chefs and use quality imported ingredients. But very few can produce the quality and authenticity I have encountered at Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana.
But enough about how great the place is, let’s take a look at the food I tried…
We started our feast with the Polpette – Meatballs. These are absolutely amazeballs! (sorry I couldn’t resist). Made with fresh, creekstone natural beef, pork, tomato sauce and topped with parmigiano cheese. These meatballs are light and delicious. The portion is large enough for 2 to share, but if you want to splurge… I recommend one each!
Next was the Caprese which is a ball of Burrata cheese sitting in a delightful tomato sauce, topped with fresh basil. The balance of acidity is absolutely amazing. I’ve had tomato sauce in many countries, including Italy, but I think Pomo’s recipe is the best I have ever had. The menu lists the item with Mozzarella, ours was made with Burrata which is an elevated form of mozzarella – very delicious.
We followed with a serving of their amazing 7-layer lasagna. Made following the traditional Italian recipe for lasagna which makes use of Italian Béchamel rather than ricotta, this lasagna is so light it could fly off the dish on its own. The portion is perfect. If you prefer to share it between 2 people as an appetizer instead, that’s a good idea too.
There was room for more, but not much. Until the pizza came… General Manager Lawson, who has been with the company for many years, recommended the Nirvana Pizza. The seasonal Nirvana Pizza absolutely lives up to its name. The Nirvana is a white pizza with a beautiful mix of prosciutto, peach, burrata, and topped with arugula. Pomo serves authentic Italian pizza, that means thin crust and applies traditional pizza making methods used in Italy. The pizza cooks in just over a minute due to Pomo’s Bricks oven which reaches temperatures of more than 900 degrees Fahrenheit. The oven was built in Italy with bricks harvested from the area of Mount Vesuvius. It doesn’t get more authentic than that!
After this delicious feast, we headed to Luna.
No true Italian feast would be complete without some authentic gelato. So, we wobbled to Luna Gelateria on the other side of the restaurant. For Luna, owner Stefano Fabbri pulled all the stops. He wanted to offer an experience like no other when it comes to gelato. His goal: serving true authentic gelato in Scottsdale. To accomplish this goal, he had custom machines made in Italy, and hired Italian gelato masters to come over and train the team in Scottsdale.
We sampled all the flavors, and everything tasted so fresh. The kiddie cones at too cute. My two favorites were the hazelnut and the Cookies Original. The combination of subtle flavors and the freshness of the ingredients make the gelato at Luna Gelateria a truly unique experience.
I can’t wait to go back to Pomo and check out what’s happening at their other locations.
8977 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253