Humble Pie

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6149 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

Tom Kaufman of Rancho Pinot and a few of his restaurant-biz buddies have put together this terrific neighborhood restaurant specializing in upscale pizzas and good wine. Although the casual, warm-toned dining room is plenty inviting, the best seat in the house is on the outdoor side of the indoor-outdoor bar. From this vantage, you can catch a breeze while surveying the whole dining room. If you're a people-watcher, it's a delicious experience, which also describes your partaking of nearly everything on the menu. Start with a couple of winsome appetizers -- maybe creamy burrata with house-made pesto, roasted cherry tomatoes and toasted bread; habit-forming French fries, sprinkled with Pecorino, parsley, garlic and lemon zest; or chilled green beans tossed in whole grain mustard aioli and strewn with toasted hazelnuts. The bubbly, thin-crust pizzas are cooked in a gas-assisted, wood-burning oven, and although a few of them seem a little bland, most of them are yummy. Don't miss pistachio with roasted leek, shaved red onion and Parmesan or Schreiner's Sicilian sausage with roasted fennel, fresh mozzarella and tomato. And no matter how full you get, there's probably room at the inn for olive oil gelato, topped with sugared lemon zest. Get over the name and just try it. It's fabulous. This place is a winner, and I can't imagine ever eating humble pie for saying so. Lunch and dinner daily. $$