Sometimes hunger can only be satisfied by rich tomato sauce combined with melted mozzarella straight from an oven.

When a pizza craving hits, be glad you’re in the Northwest. Local family-owned restaurants serve everything from fast-food fare to gourmet pies cooked the Italian way in a traditional brick oven.

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f you like your dough stretched using old-fashioned methods, La Madrina Pizzeria aims to please. If you’re of the mind that no food is too casual for wine, try the restaurant Sauce. Even wild pizza adventurers can satiate their hunger with a Kurdish pie at Gyros Café.

ANGELINA’S

12252 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

Phone: 742-9595

Cuisine: International tapas and pizza

Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11a.m.-1a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m.

FIRE: AN ARIZONA BISTRO

12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.

Phone: 616-6023

Cuisine: Contemporary American

Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

FRESCO PIZZERIA AND PASTARIA

4229 W. Ina Road

Phone: 744-0073

Cuisine: Pizza

Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday noon-10 p.m.

GYROS CAFE

11143 N. La Cañada Drive

Phone: 742-2921

Cuisine: Greek and Kurdish

Open Monday-Saturday 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

LA MADRINA PIZZERIA

7872 N. Oracle Road

Phone: 742-2111

Cuisine: Italian

Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-8 p.m.

MAGPIES GOURMET PIZZA

7315 N. Oracle Road

Phone: 297-2712

Cuisine: Pizza

Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

METROPOLITAN GRILL

7892 N. Oracle Road

Phone: 531-1212

Cuisine: Grill

Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.

NORTH RESTAURANT

2995 E. Skyline Drive

Phone: 299-1600

Cuisine: Italian

Open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday noon-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.

SAUCE

7117 N. Oracle Road

Phone: 297-8575

Cuisine: Italian

Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

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