434 N. Fourth Ave.
The Weekly once ran an article about how the Tucson school system was segregated back in the 1940s. One of the people interviewed for the story told of how he had attended the all-Black Dunbar school before moving on to the sorta-integrated Tucson High. After his graduation, the Korean War broke out and he got drafted. On his last night in Tucson before shipping out, he took his girlfriend out to dinner at Caruso’s. Looking back after 50 years, he remembered what both of them had had for dinner. That’s special. In just 12 years from now, Caruso’s will be celebrating a century of serving Tucsonans fine Italian fare! To call it an institution is to damn it with faint praise. It’s legendary. It’s spectacular. It’s Caruso’s.
2. Mama Louisa’s