My husband and I decided to take a half day last Friday and enjoy a leisurely lunch together in downtown Phoenix.
Of course, being the Food Hunter, it was my job to find the perfect place. I was looking for somewhere that we hadn't been and that had outdoor seating. I came up with a few ideas but ultimately decided on Calabria Deli.
Calabria is a small shop specializing in Italian fare. There's about seven pasta dishes on the menu and twice as many sandwiches. Everything from Italian deli meat to a stuffed eggplant sandwich; all served on crusty Italian bread. They also sell Italian meats, cheeses and olives by the pound.
We decided to split the Panino; which was prosciutto,fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers. It was delicious. The bread was perfectly drizzled with an olive oil and balsamic mix and the peppers and cheese were sprinkled with oregano. It was just bursting with flavor.
The best part about Calabria was the small court yard they had out back. Set with tables and umbrellas it was like a private oasis in the midst of downtown. Calabria was the perfect way to spend our afternoon together.