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Find pizza and wine, the perfect combo, at Pizzicata Pizzeria Ristorante patio, nestled between several quaint shops. It’s easy to spend an afternoon solo with your favorite bottle or grab a late lunch with a friend. Just because it’s a pizza spot, don’t assume the restaurant doesn’t carry wines on its reserve list.

Wine and wine glass on the table
— Rudri Patel

Inside Pizzicata, the first pinsa-certified restaurant in metro Phoenix

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Pinsa differs from pizza in the way its dough is made. A mix of wheat, soy and rice flours plus a 72-hour fermentation makes for an airy and crisp base with richer flavor.

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“Healthy,” “delicious” and “pizza” aren’t often used in the same sentence, but when Pinsa Romana is on the menu, that’s exactly what you get.

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Instead of merely using bread flour, Pinsa uses a mixture of high-quality, non-GMO wheat, rice and soy flours,” he adds. “What does this do? It creates a dough that is substantially higher in moisture, due to the wheat, while being crunchy and without animal fats, thanks to the rice and soy. Once all of these are combined, the dough is left to mature over 72 hours and break down into simple sugars, which gives us a substantially more digestible product.”

Pizzicata insalata, pinsa, and a glass of white wine

Carefree Restaurant Pizzicata Named Arizona's First Certified Pinseria

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For a few years now, pinsa — a rustic pizza with crispy yet light and airy crust dating back to the Roman Empire — has been trending across Europe and from San Francisco to Brooklyn. And the real deal is available right here in Arizona at Pizzicata Ristorante Pizzeria in Carefree.

Pizzicata's Capricciosa pinsa
— Geri Koeppel