This review is long overdue, and I'm almost ashamed I didn't get to it until now. But I'm writing it right before we plan to go back, it was so memorable. We visited the Cactus Rd location a couple of months ago and had a fantastic time! Our server, Kale, was one of the best servers we've had at ANY restaurant. And that's saying a lot - we're middle aged and we eat out a LOT. So we've got a lot of experience and not always that easy to please. But we were certainly pleased with Picazzo's, not just because of the remarkably great service from Kale (more on that later) but also because of the food quality, particularly for gluten-free. I know, I know, when you eat gluten-free or gluten-friendly, you're always qualifying your opinion with "this was really good for a gluten-free version of X." But at Picazzo's the food really IS that good, and you don't need the qualifier. My wife has the gluten allergy, I don't, and I had no complaints whatsoever. I specifically remember the cheese focaccia was really good. Didn't fall apart, didn't crumble, really tasted great. And the turkey meatballs were also excellent. We didn't even try the pizza, but it looked great. I had the eggplant Parmesan and it was excellent. I mean, there are a TON of gf options at this place, and everything we did have was great. Since we're planning another visit to Phoenix, no way we're missing Picazzo's again. It was THAT good. A significant part of our positive experience was the service delivered by Kale. He has a great personality, very friendly and approachable. He did all the mechanical things skillfully - acknowledged us quickly, got our drinks (and by the way he's a great bartender because I had one of the mixed drinks, the Prickly Pear Margarita), timed our meal perfectly by giving us enough time to enjoy the appetizers before ordering the main dish, checked on us to see how we were doing - but more than just the mechanics of serving, he brought an art to it. I'm serious, there is just something about this guy, Kale, that brings serving to another level. It was easy and pleasant to engage with him. He had great menu knowledge, and made good recommendations. He seemed to enjoy what he's doing, and it shows in the quality of service he delivers. Picazzo's has a winning formula, that's all I know. This is a restaurant where you can not only enjoy great food, excellent service, and even have lots of great gluten-free options. How could you not like it?
Reliably good food and consistently gluten-free. Service a bit slow, and I was stunned to over hear that this “GF restaurant” only has one GF oven. I guess the demand for their traditional pizza has trumped their GF pizzas resulting in super slow service for GF oven items. Seems like they need to add an oven. Anyway, good food, so plan for a long wait for your order. It’ll be worth it! The garlic cheese focaccia is AMAZING.
Wow! I found heaven for GF people! I can’t recommend highly enough. Everything is GF unless you order the pizza specifically with wheat. we had lasagna with sweet potatoes and focaccia bread, chicken parm with noodles, beets and focaccia bread, a side salad, a pizza cookie with coconut ice cream. We had leftovers for two whole meals. I’ve previously had pizza and cocktails which was also very good. Had a whole vegan menu as well. Amazing!
The whole menu is gluten free! We had cheese bread, pizzas and pastas and they were SO good! We couldn’t believe it was all GF! Staff was very knowledgeable on the menu and very helpful. They have vegan and dairy free options as well! Our kids loved it and are begging to back!
Love this place. They are my family’s go to place for gatherings as I’m celiac and my sister is vegan. I found them 10 years ago when first diagnosed and never looked back. Management and staff are extremely friendly and remember their regulars well. If I could I’d eat there weekly!
AMAZING!!!!! We were in Phoenix for 2 1/2 days and we ate here twice because it was so good. They do offer non-gf pizzas, but other than that, the entire menu is gluten free. And they are very accommodating for dairy allergies as well. The Bigoli pasta was cooked perfectly. Best pasta I've had. The desserts were great and could easily be dairy free as well. Highly recommend this restaurant!
I enjoyed their delicious gluten free chicken parmesan...with their house made gluten free foccacia bread! I ordered wine but noticed gluten free beer on the menu. My friends & I shared a yummy gluten free brownie which was served in a small cast iron skillet with a small side of ice cream...enough for 3 of us. I love having so many choices @ Picazzo's and can't wait for their new location to open, which will be closer to me, at 83rd Ave & Union Hills.
My wife & I went for dinner, she is celiac, but we both follow a Pescatarian Gluten Free diet. Picazzo's was what I believe heaven would be like for celiac's. Everything on the menu is gluten free, except they make regular pizzas in a separate oven. Wonderful!! We will be back, before we leave AZ.
just terrific! My GF husband was in shock from being able to order anything on the menu. We were visiting in phoenix and ate here twice. He had pizza one time and pasts with salad with gf crutons the other. the crust was pretty typical for gf. the foccacia was excellent. I could eat that kale quinoa bowl 3x a week so yummy. the only thing "wrong" is they haven't come east to Raleigh.....
I have tried so many options on the menu and have always been so pleased with the quality of the food and the combinations of flavors. This place is a celiac's dream, I almost cried the first time my friend introduced me to it for my birthday!
absolutely love them Always by the groupons when they're available because it saves quite a bit of money as they are on the middle to high range in price but that is because they are entirely gluten free and make almost everything you could want so to pay their bills must be I can't even imagine honestly but they are fantastic they are part of the delivery system as well third party delivery system and they include everything from Pizza to pasta freshly made 2 bread to even Asian dishes like a pad thai or a burger or a salad and it's all gluten free and some of that is even dairy-free or vegan or vegetarian friendly they are incredibly customizable and Catering two allergy needs
I first tried this place in Sedona and finally tried another location. Delicious, friendly servers, mostly glutenfree menu. Tons of vegan options. No vegan tax for subbing vegan chicken (Beyond Meat) for flesh chicken. I'm disappointed in the poor accessibility of the location. The handicap parking (a whopping 2 spaces) is halfway down the strip mall, and the sidewalk up to the front door is very steep. The inside is crowded with tables and chairs (some of which are tall tables/chairs).
Delicious. Everyone agreed the pizza crust was just a great crust regardless of being gluten free. Accomodating for dairy free is very easy as well. Great atmosphere and service. The cocktail menu was very interesting and fresh. Certainly a place to visit again!
A lot of gf options. Just not all that great and pretty pricey for what it is. They do have dairy free cheese. Lots of low gluten beers, which is a bummer because there are so many actually gluten free options out there.
It’s so refreshing to see a place where hubby can swallow most of the menu without any issues for cross contamination or being glutened. He ordered the GF pizza which is made in a separate oven. The quality is great and emerge pizza flavor is really good. I ordered a white bean and kale soup and it was really good. We also had the cheese bread which is to die for. Highly recommended
Amazing! Staff extremely knowledgeable and go out of their way to explain the main and dedicated prep area. The first thing they ask you is if you have any allergies they should be aware of. Food is amazing, I have been several times and will definitely go back often. Oh and the cauliflower pizza crust is incredible.
Everything is GF (except for one pizza crust option, clearly labeled)! They have a Vegan menu as well, so plenty of options for gluten and dairy free guests. Amazing food, and no issues with cross contamination. It’s almost hard to believe it’s GF!
Take out GF pizza was delicious! Staff is very Celiac knowledgeable and have their own separate oven for gluten free items!
We love their GF pasta dishes for the kids. But their GF pizza is not good, too thick and too little sauce and cheese.
It was amazing! We had cheese bread, pizza and Chicken Parmesan. It was wonderful being able to order anything off the menu. It all tasted so good I was concerned I was going to sick, but I didn’t!
Unbelievable! Practically everything on the menu was gluten free! I had meatballs for an appetizer which were yummy and pizza for the meal. Pizza was great too! Desert menu is GF as well with 4 choices of tiramisu, cheesecake, cookie w/ice cream or apple crisp w/ice cream! I had the apple crisp with coconut ice cream, yum!
This place is incredible! Staff is great!
So nice to have a place that my wife and son can eat great food like the rest of the population! Great flavors and great options.
Oh my goodness, all the rave reviews are true! I kept skipping over this place in the results list because it just looked like an ad. The chicken, bacon & herbs pizza was flat-out AMAZING! We went back two or three more times in less than a week. There is quite a lot to choose from - but when I selected something different on a subsequent visit, although it was good - I still went back to my fave - the chicken, bacon & herbs.
This is the first place I ate out at after getting the celiac diagnosis. I have been a number of times and have never had a bad time. Staff is amazing and friendly. On multiple occasions I have had the GF chicken bbq pizza. Their lunch specials are great too. My non-GF boyfriend loves this place as well.
This place is extremely knowledgeable about celiac and contamination. It’s literally the only restaurant I feel safe eating at in the Phoenix area. Unfortunately, they’ve made some changes in the last few months, and it’s not as great as it used to be. They did away with the large GF pizza, which was part of what made me feel “normal” eating here. Now they only have small pizzas, the crust is doughier than it used to be, and it’s very expensive. The appetizers are smaller too (4 meatballs? For $11?)... it’s like portions shrank and price tags inflated. I don’t like that they’re catering to fad dieters more than they used to (the new menus clearly marked everything “keto friendly” but I had to request a special vegan menu to more clearly understand what’s dairy and egg free?), but I’ve NEVER been glutened here, so that’s good at least.
The menu is very close to being completely GF. They really should just get rid of the regular pizza and be done with it, haha. Anyway, DH (celiac) did not have any issue and the food is very good. Delicious pizza crust - and they offer a cauliflower version if that's your thing. A little on the pricey side, but not bad for Sedona. EXCELLENT service. Speedy and accurate. Highly recommend.
They understand Celiac Disease and their menu is almost entirely gluten free. I have CD and have dined in several of their locations with zero problems. Their pizzas are more gourmet rather than what you would find at most pizza places. Good variety of enjoyable pizzas. Also a good, gluten free selection of gluten free pastas.
Awesome chicken parmesan. The lasagna looked good. GF cheese bread is tasty.
Omg! This place is amazing for those with gluten free allergies and other allergies. The first thing we were asked was if there were any allergies at the table tonight. After telling the waiter that I had celiac, he proudly shared that I was in luck because everything was gluten free— score! My son and I split the lasagna. It was fantastic! My non-GF (picky eater) husband had chicken wings tossed in bbq maple. He really enjoyed those. We also ordered some baked cheese, which was super tasty! Whether you have allergies or not, I don’t think anyone will leave disappointed in this place. They use high quality ingredients and make from scratch food. We will visit Picazzo’s the next time we are in Phoenix!
Feels good to order from a place and not have to worry if it has been cross contaminated. Everything we had was great!
We ate here twice during our 5 day trip to Phoenix. Such a great find!! Our only disappointment was they ran out of ravioli both times. Non-Celiac husband says the lasagna is the best he’s ever had! Everything we tried was really good. Be sure to save room for dessert. Tiramisu is absolutely phenomenal. So nice to find a go-to restaurant that’s delicious and safe!
Such a great Gluten Free friendly establishment. I was in such a shock when my brain finally realized their pasta was GF. First restaurant I’ve been to that I could get warm GF bread at dinner and Cheese ravioli. They are Vegan and Vegetarian friendly as well. The staff was super nice. Pricey, but oh so worth it.
Was sooo excited because everything on menu was gluten free....but evidently NOT..I ordered the gluten free pizza and a Caesar salad, and was assured by server that I would be fine...well I was soo sick, something got cross contaminated. I didn't realize they had regular pizza crust until I heard another table ordering non-gluten free crust..ugh..So if you are going to do a true gluten-free restaurant do a completely GF restaurant. If someone wants a regular pizza, who are not Celiac they have millions of choices...I do not....
Having a gluten and dairy allergy can be tough when eating out, but my goodness this restaurant has so many options vegan and gf because mostly everything is gf! Highly recommend. I had the chicken picatta and it was phenomenal and full of flavor. Wish I could take this restaurant back to our home state!
Nick the manager was outstanding customer service, personable & knowledgeable. He was so nice. The food was delightful. I'd recommend the bagolini, it's gf turkey meatballs with a bolognese sauce. The flavors were flavorful, and the dish
Great Variety of GF Italian food and pizza. Almost the entire menu is gluten free. The GF pasta was good and you have unusual GF options, such as crusted chicken or eggplant parmigiana. I loved the tiramisu. The entire desert menu is GF.
This restaurant specializes in gluten-free pizza and pasta. The pizza can be prepared gluten-free or non-GF. A separate oven is used for gluten-free baking. The GF pizza crust is quite well executed. Highly recommended.
Completely gluten free except for a couple items. Owner has celiac, so they are aware of the needs. I got cheesy focaccia bread and a pizza. Delicious and did not get sick after. They also have gluten free desserts!
Everything is gf except they have gluten pizza crust as well. Had the artichoke dip with focaccia bread and carrots, Greek salad with focaccia bread and both were excellent. Pizza was decent except a bit on the salty side but better than most crusts I have had in the US. Great find.