Recently my husband Joe and I were traveling through Florence, Arizona, and decided to try out dinner at a small Italian place called Florence A&M Pizza that was situated just off state highway 287.
When we stepped inside the front door, we were greeted by a friendly waiter who introduced himself as Jose, and promptly seated us by a window in a booth. He took our beverage orders and proceeded to give each of us a menu and a verbal narrative of the daily soups and specials.
As we waited for our beverages, we took in the ambiance of the room. It was tastefully decorated as an Italian bistro, which included family pictures, photos of Italian celebrities’, a gelato case with 10 flavors of gelato (Italian style frozen yogurt), and a beautiful California wine selection. The tables were cozy as were the booths and from the ceiling dropped a 1×1 wooden gate hanging from black chains, intertwined with soft white lights and grape vines with few clusters of grapes.
My husband and I poured over the selections on the menu, from oven brick pizzas to full Italian pasta dinners before we agreed to an antipasta salad and Italian wedding soup for Joe and an Italian style chef salad and minestrone soup for myself. When my cappuccino beverage was brought to the table it was served in a giant ceramic cup lathered in whipping crème deliciousness. Our waiter also served us giant rolls baked fresh out of the oven. We were told by Eric the restaurant manager later that these were made out of the traditional family pizza crust recipe. The rolls were totally delectable!
I asked our waiter if I could do a review on this restaurant and take a picture of the staff. He asked his manager Eric to come speak with me about this and Eric gave his permissions. He explained that some products in the restaurant were imported from Italy. The owners Angela and Mike had a grandfather from Florence, Italy, and it was his recipes that helped them to open their restaurants back east. That he was the inspiration to open a franchise in Florence, Arizona.
We finished our meal with a dessert of home-baked cannoli’s with drippings of chocolate sauce and to go container’s as the soup and salad portions had been very large. The meal was splendid, the atmosphere friendly and we left with a few pictures of the staff, garden patio, and sign.
I highly recommend the Florence A&M Pizza, little taste of Italy to anyone visiting the Florence, Arizona, area.