Best Italian


If you're craving upscale dining in a quietly elegant setting, and if your yearnings include those magnificent blends of flavors from Italy, your GPS should direct you to Daniel Scordato's Vivace, in St. Philip's Plaza. This destination will guarantee not only terrific flavors, but excellent service. It's a fine place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or, heck, just the sheer joy of being alive. In Lexiconica Tucsonica—if such a tome actually existed (and it should, don't you think?)—the word "Scordato" means "family name linked to fine Italian dining for decades." And the tradition continues. Have no doubts: Your meal will thrill.

Runners up:

2. Caruso's

434 N. Fourth Ave.


3. Mama Louisa's

2041 S. Craycroft Road