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Situated along Route 66, surrounded by a pine forest, Flagstaff is one of Arizona’s classic mountain towns. With several tourist attractions nearby, including the Grand Canyon, this city is a popular destination and with that popularity comes excellent dining options. From modern American to European, from vegetarian and vegan choices to burgers with a twist, the restaurant scene in Flagstaff is bursting with flavor.
In awe of the Neapolitan pizza he tasted while on a cycling trip through Italy, Caleb Schiff returned to Flagstaff and started making plans to open his own pizza place. Founded in 2011, Pizzicletta offers a simple menu featuring fresh bold flavours. Containing only the freshest ingredients, the mouth-watering pizzas are cooked in a wood-fire oven hand-built in Naples. Notable choices include the pizza bianca topped with almonds, charred kale, gorgonzola, olive oil, and lemon juice and the classic margherita with tomato, basil, house mozzarella, and olive oil. Diners can round out their meal with wine chosen to complement their pizza plus tantalising house-made gelato.
Pizzicletta, 203 W. Phoenix Ave., Flagstaff, AZ, USA, +1 928 774 3242
Owned by Paul and Laura Moir, the proprietors of Brix, Criollo Latin Kitchen specialises in Latin-inspired cuisine. Opened in 2009, this dining establishment keeps the sustainability movement firmly in mind at every turn. The interior features pine accents salvaged from local sources, and the ingredients that go into their delicious fare come from local purveyors when possible. Serving lunch, dinner, plus a weekend brunch; foodies will enjoy highlights, such as green chilli braised chicken served with poblano cheddar grits, braising sauce, and arugula salad. With gluten-free and vegetarian options, including a dish of roasted poblano chile, various roasted vegetables, jack cheese, spicy tomato polenta, warm goat cheese vinaigrette, plus saffron corn cream, this restaurant will satisfy many palates.