Located in the Northwest Valley at the intersection of Lake Pleasant and Happy Valley rd, Twisted Italian offers creative and delicious dishes, great wine, and friendly service at reasonable prices. We have a offer a full bar, dine in or carry out, catering have a daily happy hour and lunch specials and are family friendly.
Twisted Italian was initially opened in 2011. In June of 2015, ownership changed. Although the restaurant name and several menu options remained the same, a new establishment was created with new management and several additional menu items.
“More Than Great Italian”
While the menu has several great classic Italian dishes on it, it is not limited to the usual items found on most Italian Restaurant Menus. We also strive to bring our customers unique & delicious dishes typically not found in most Italian restaurants. Such items include a variety of house made pierogis, an Italian Relleno, and a European Sea Bass (Branzino), to name a few. We also feature a Sunday Brunch that includes several items you are not likely to find in many restaurants as well.
The owners are transplants from Chicago’s Western Suburbs. As a result, you will notice some Chicago influence in the menu and in the restaurant. The menu includes a classic Chicago Italian Beef as well as a combo Beef Sausage, also a classic Chicago thin crust pizza (of course cut in squares!). At the bar you can find a frosty can of Old Style Beer as well as a glass or bottle of Mike Ditka Cabernet (honestly an outstanding wine as well as a great name). TVs are likely to carry all Chicago Cubs and Bears games as well.
While all our menu options truly are excellent, we feel a few stand out.
The Italian Beef – We believe this to be the best Chicago Italian Beef in Arizona and our customers have given us that feedback repeatedly. We start with a great cut of beef which makes a difference. We use Iowa Premium Angus Beef. We then marinade it with secret Twisted ingredients. It is then slow cooked and sliced ultra-thin. You will not find a leaner, more tender beef. It is served on a freshly cut toasted French Roll, loaded with your choice of peppers (sautéed sweet bell peppers, Hot or mild Giardiniera), melted Mozzarella & Provolone and a side of Au jus. Bring it over the top by ordering the Combo sandwich which adds a jumbo Chicago Sausage to the beef sandwich.
King Cut Lasagna – Every Lasagna we make is made to order. There is no pulling a portion out the pan that was made yesterday and microwaving it. In fact, you will not find a microwave in our restaurant. We offer a pork version (House Made Spicy Sausage Recipe), an angus beef version, a combo beef/sausage version, and a vegie version. If you are looking for something different, let us know. Upon request, we will be happy to accommodate if we can (ie light on the ricotta, some pepperoni, Alfredo Sauce….). Just let us know. All using nothing but the best possible ingredients.
And the size of the dish – absolutely fit for a king! The Biggest & the Best.
While clearly not Italian, we feel pierogis fit in quite well with Italian as a great European comfort food. Based upon family recipes, the pierogis are made fresh in house. The menu features a classic cheese & onion potato pierogi, a South of the Border Potato pierogi with ghost cheese & jalapenos, and a Meatball Pierogi. We will also typically will feature a “Pierogi of the Month” which will change throughout the year.
We have recently started offering a Brunch Menu (in addition to our regular menu) every Sunday from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Similar to the regular menu, it includes several classic brunch items such as omelets as well as some not so classic items that you are not likely to find in other restaurants. Such items include Breakfast Pizza, a Smoked Salmon Pizza, Breakfast Stromboli and Ricotta Pancakes to name a few. Breakfast with a Twist. We also feature several drink specials such as $4 Mimosas & Bloody Marys.
Remember, the weekend is not over until we decide it is.
We do take a very limited amount of reservations daily and will take additional reservations on special occasion days such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, …
As we are a very small restaurant, we highly recommend reservations for groups of 5 or larger.
You can also call ahead as well and we will place you in the list if we are on a wait.