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Scottsdale, Arizona: 'Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

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'Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

6166 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale AZ 85253 (map); 480-998-1366; pomopizzeria.com
Pizza Style: Neapolitan
Oven Type: Wood-fired
Price: Individual pies $10 to $16

'Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana is situated in the Borgata, a faux-Italian plaza built about 20 years ago in the heart of Scottsdale, Arizona. Stefano Fabbri opened the restaurant—the valley's first VPN-certified pizzeria—in February of this year with his Acunto Forni brick oven as the prominent centerpiece. This 6,000-pound beauty was hand-built in Naples, shipped across the ocean, and then brought all the way to Arizona.

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Our waiter greeted us warmly. He was attentive without being overbearing, and genuinely friendly. So we were off to a good start. The first pizza we ordered was the Santa Lucia, topped with San Marzano DOP tomatoes, fior di latte, broccoli rabe, and Italian sausage ($13.95).

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It arrived soon after we placed the order, and I immediately noticed that the crust was wonderfully delicate and light with a very thin, crisp exterior. I ate my first piece with a fork and knife, but with subsequent slices I used a two-handed approach.

While the broccoli rabe was nicely cooked and just tender, I felt that its bitterness overpowered the rest of the pie a bit. The sausage was succulent and plenty moist, but it lacked the flavor power to stand up against the rabe.

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Our second pizza was the Donna Rosa, topped with fior di latte cheese, homemade pesto, shrimp, and cherry tomatoes ($14.95). Like the Santa Lucia, the crust served as a delicate backdrop to the toppings. The shrimp were large and had a nice blackened flavor, while the cherry tomatoes were bright and added a fine balancing acidity.

The pesto though was subtle—almost imperceptible. My lunch partner thought the balance was perfect and enjoyed every morsel. And although I was longing for a bit more of the pesto to shine through, I still consider the Donna Rosa quite a satisfying choice.

The overall experience was very pleasant. The Italian music piped through the sound system on the patio completed the mood: 'Pomo is a great place to spend a leisurely Sunday afternoon. I'll be back soon to try the Quattro Stagioni and the Capricciosa pies.

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