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Flagstaff's Top 3: Pizzerias

by Gary Nelson

 

The Best Pizza I Have Ever Had

The best pizza I have ever had in my life was in Long Island, New York, hands down.  Not Manhattan, not Chicago...Long Island.  My good friends Kenny and Phyllis Nelson (not related to me, but should be) were wrong about it, though.  Kenny said if you have a slice of Grandmas pizza at Umberto's (not King Umberto's) in New Hyde Park, NY that it will be the best pizza you have ever had in your life.  And by the way, a slice of Grandmas Pizza from Umberto's was featured on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network.  Additionally, it is the official and favorite pizza of the lowly New York Giants of the NFL.  But, my friend Kenny was wrong. And the reason he is wrong is...because the pizza with vodka sauce is better!  Here is a link to the best pizza you will ever have:

Click Here For A Link To The Real Deal!

But, we don't live in New York, we live in Flagstaff, AZ.  And by the way, New York doesn't have very good Navajo Tacos.  So there, New York.  However, you can get some pretty good pizza here.  By my friends standards, I am not sure how they would rank against New York or Chicago. Or if it would compare to Pizzaria Bianco in Scottsdale, which many food blogs and food networks think is the undisputed best Pizza in the US. It's not as good as Umbertos in Long Island, but it is delicious.

But, let's get to it.  Here are 3 pizza joints in Flagstaff that will not disappoint (Unless your last name is Nelson and you live in Long Island):

Fratelli's

 

Click Here For A Link To Fratelli's Website!

Click Here For A Link To The Tripadvisor Review Of Fratelli's! 

​Fratelli's Pizza has 2 locations in Flagstaff and will soon have another!  Early in 2017 (or maybe midway, since they are taking their sweet time), we will see Fratelli's expand to a third location at 1850 N. Fort. Valley Road (Highway 180 to you flat landers), next to Late For The Train.  This location has been several restaurants that haven't made it, but Fratelli's will succeed there. Northwest Flagstaff needs a good pizza place and the locals, skiers and tourists alike should make it a go.

Fratelli's is what I would classify as a good pizza parlor.  It's not as dynamic as the next 2 on this list, but it is a good solid choice, won't break your wallet and is better than everything else in Flagstaff!  But don't get that last sentence wrong, you can get very good pizza at Fratelli's.  If you are a little adventurous with the menu, it gets very good.  I love the Route 66, which is a spicy BBQ Chicken pizza.  As a few of you know, I love BBQ and wish they had a better sauce, but this is one fine pizza!

Fratelli's Rout 66

Give Fratelli's a shot at either location and support the new one when it is open.  The owners always support local charities and schools and also have Mama Burger, down the road.

 

Fat Ol​ives

Fat Olives is an offering by the owners of Salsa Brava which is a long-time Mexican restaurant here in Flagstaff.  Fat Olives has been in business around 4 years now, and has gathered quite the following, it seems.  I know that when I am there, the place seems very busy.  Located at 2308 East Route 66 in Flagstaff, it serves thin crust Neopolitan style pizza that is wood fired.

The pizza is very good and the crust has that salty, chewy, crunchy and charred flavor that makes this style of pizza irresistible​.  As for me, I order the Arrabiata which has Marzano tomato sauce, mozarella, basil and a spicy sausage.  It has a pretty good kick, but I like spicy food.  The Margherita pizza is also very good, and you can judge a good pizza place by how well they can make a Margherita pizza.  In New York, a pizza place can be judged by how good your Grandma's Pizza is.  Out here, maybe a Margherita.

Click Here For A Link To The Fat Olives Website

Click Here For A Review On Tripadvisor!

And by the way, this is another restaurant in Flagstaff that supports charities.  You will always see their support of Special Olympics and other causes and it makes me want to support then as well!

 

Pizzicletta

Pizzicletta

This is another high temperature, Neapolitan style pizza restaurant that is smaller than Fat Olives and pretty much sticks to pizza.  In the pizza wars of Flagstaff (if there were any), I would personally give the nod to Pizzicletta. I think that many others would as well, as they have a cult following here in the Northland.  I will point out that they are across the street from Fratelli's south side location and both are surviving, so that is a testament to both places, I would think.  Totally different styles of pizza, but they do survive!

Click Here For A Link To Pizziclettas Website!

Click Here For A Link To A 10 Best In Arizona Blog That Includes Pizzicletta!  

Click Here For A Link To A Tripadvisor Review!

As I said above, you can judge a pizza place by how good there Margherita pizza is.  On my most recent visit (last night), that is exactly what I did.  It was chewy with that perfect salty char that balances with the tang of the pure tomato sauce and the creaminess of the house made mozzarella.  It was very good!  

Pizzicletta Oven

So, in the grand scheme of things, you really can get good pizza in Flagstaff!  And before my friends start squeaking about why a certain place known for their slices isn't on this list, it's because the slices are just OK, and not great.  The above are much better no matter how you "slice" it!

And the same can be said for a place known for a different style of east coast pizza.  It's good, but not great and I think it's obvious that the employees love to party a little too hard for me. 

Next up will probably be a blog dedicated to the top 3 burgers in town which may be followed by the top 3 places for girls night out and then boys night out! Stay tuned!

 


Gary Nelson is a lifelong resident of Flagstaff, Arizona and is the Delegated Associate Broker at Realty Executives of Flagstaff.  Find your own part of Flagstaff at www.GaryNelsonGroup.com.

Flagstaff's Top 3: Small Plate Restaurants

by Gary Nelson

My last blog on Flagstaff Top 3:  Fine Dining caused a bit of a stir, as did a blog I wrote Flagstaff Top 3:  Mexican Restaurants For Breakfast Or Lunch a couple of months ago.  So, I thought I would appease a few people by taking a few of their suggestions and write a new blog on Small Plate Restaurants.  Now, strictly speaking, at least one (if not 2) of these are not really in a "Small Plate" category, but...they are good restaurants and don't quite fit under "Fine Dining" or anything else I can think of.  So, maybe this blog should be Flagstaff Top 3:  Places You Should Try From This Blog!

So, here goes:

Tinderbox

Tinderbox is one of those places that is very good, but you don't really know where to categorize them.  Excellent food, but not quite "fine dining" as the atmosphere is much more casual.  "Flagstaff casual", as many of my friends would say.  But, as I said, it is very good.  So...that is why I am putting it in this blog.


Tinderbox

Tinderbox describes itself as American comfort food and that pretty much sums it up.  I had the duck last time I was there and it was great.  Next door is Tinderbox Annex and the burger special of the day is what you want to have there.  But, order early as they typically sell out quickly.  The locals pretty much buy up the burgers at Annex.

Tinderbox Kitchen is grouped with Tinderbox Annex and the Tourist Home and provides 3 great places on South San Francisco Street in south Downtown Flagstaff. All 3 are fun places to grab a bite to eat.  Tinderbox Kitchen for dinner, Annex for drinks or happy hour with friends and Tourist Home for deli items, lunch or to go food.  Give any of them a shot!

Here is a link to their menu:  Tinderbox Kitchen Menu

Here is a link to Yelp's Review of Tinderbox Kitchen.

And a review on Tripadvisor of Tinderbox Kitchen

 

Coppa Cafe

This is another very good (OK, it is actually great) restaurant in Flagstaff that is hard to categorize.  It is very, very good, has strong French and continental influences but is casual.  So, I am putting here in a blog on small plate restaurants in Flagstaff.

Coppa Cafe

Honestly, I think I like it better for brunch on a Sunday morning than for Dinner.  Don't get me wrong, because dinner is excellent, but there is something to be said for a nice, relaxing Sunday brunch that is done well.


Coppa Interior

Some people call it "coppa", that sounds like a Brooklyn version of copper.  Others call it "coppa" like copa cabana.  But whatever you call it, you will enjoy it.  From excellent coffee drinks to hand made pastries as this is one of Flagstaff's best restaurants, hands down.

Here is Coppa Cafe's review on Yelp. 

Here is the review on Tripadvisor.com

And here is the menu from their own website, CoppaCafe.net.

 

Shift Kitchen and Bar

Brand new to Downtown Flagstaff is Shift or...as the sign says, Sh/ft.  It is another Flagstaff restaurant located on San Francisco Street, this time at 107 North.  It occupies a space that was formerly Flag Buzz coffee shop and Late For The Train before that.

 

It is getting very popular, very quickly as it is quite good.  I went there a few weeks ago in a group of about 8 friends celebrating birthdays and it was perfect.  We pretty much fought over the pork belly which was the special that night.  It was excellent.


Now, a word of caution:  This truly is a small plate restaurant, so do what we did, and order a bunch of plates and enjoy tasting each others picks.  Otherwise, prepare for an expensive meal as you order multiple plates just for yourself.

Here is a link to Shift on Open Table.

And here is the Menu at shiftflg.com.

And a review from Yelp of Shift Kitchen.

 

You won't go wrong at any of these 3 above places to grab a bite in Flagstaff.  Each is great in it's own way, but different from each other in menu, atmosphere and presentation.  Enjoy!


Gary Nelson is a lifelong resident of Flagstaff, Arizona and is the Delegated Associate Broker at Realty Executives of Flagstaff.  Find your own part of Flagstaff at www.GaryNelsonGroup.com.

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