New York Italian cuisine is closer than you think
A day trip to Prescott turned into something special for Domenick and Rosa Anzelmo.
That December 2010 trip was the launch pad for Rosa's Pizzeria at 330 W. Gurley St., Prescott.
"We took a gamble and, thank God, we hit a home run," Rosa said of their cozy Italian restaurant that opened this past June.
Domenick and Rosa began their trek to northern Arizona from New York, where they spent more than two decades in the restaurant business.
A vacation to the Grand Canyon State was all it took for them to make the move west to Scottsdale in 2002.
Looking for something more intimate, Domenick and Rosa quickly fell in love with the Prescott community.
They closed their former restaurant, Basilico, and brought their passion for Italian food with a Sicilian twist to town.
"We enjoy what we do, and it shows in our food," Rosa said. "We make everybody feel like family," she said.
Domenick said his dishes, made with fresh ingredients every day, are a bit out of the ordinary, like portobello ravioli and pork and veal ossobuco -a dish of veal shanks braised with vegetables, white wine and broth.
"I just love what I do," he said.
The menu features traditional appetizers such as calamari and mozzarella sticks.
Salad options include Caesar, antipasto and the caprese salad with tomato slices, red onion, homemade mozzarella with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and basil.
Main courses cover everything from popular pasta dishes like Rosa's specialty homemade lasagna and six different chicken entrées including chicken Marsala.
Domenick also makes veal dishes, eggplant parmigiano, sandwiches, and a few fish menu items, too. Chicken dishes are in the $12 range; veal plates are about $14; and pasta dishes go from about $7 to about $11.
Of course, they also make pizza with topping options that cover all the bases. A 10-inch cheese pizza runs $6.50 with extra toppings for 50 cents.
"It's restaurant quality with pizzeria prices," Rosa said.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. For information, call 445-7400 or visit www.rosaspizzeriaprescott.com.