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About La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar
La Bocca Urban Kitchen and Wine Bar is a pizzeria located in the heart of Pheonix. For almost 10 years, La Bocca has been serving up the best in Mediterranean cuisine. This is not a standard pizza place; guests will find many flavor combinations on the menu. The bruschetta planks are a must-try appetizer, with 10 different varieties to choose from. One of the most unique options listed includes fresh ricotta with rosemary and honey, as well as gorgonzola topped with a pear, basil and balsamic reduction.
Under the entreeé section, the pizza is definitely the star of the show. Every one is loaded with all kinds of fresh ingredients, and with names like the Sicily, truffled mushroom and autumn garden, you can't go wrong. Guests are also welcome to build their own pizza out of any of La Bocca's incredible toppings.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Pizzeria, Wine Bar, Italian
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Wednesday 11am - 10pm
Thursday 11am -11pm
Fri & Sat 11am - 12am
7th Street and Mill Ave.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Sophisticated, urban playlist. Vintage movies in the evenings.
We can provide most items from our in-house menu or create a special menu for your event. Please contact email@example.com for details.
Plenty of on-site parking in surface lots and parking garage. Nearest paid parking is located below us in The Brickyard public garage (enter via 6th or 7th streets), or the public parking structure in Centerpoint by the AMC cinema and rabbit sculptures.
Metro Light Rail (Mill Ave & 3rd Street)
Bus: Valley Metro 66, 45
Orbit: Jupiter & Mercury
Mark Dow & Judd Cummings
Private Party Facilities:
While we don't offer an exclusive private dining area, we are able to rent out the entire restaurant for private events, and offer semi-private dining areas for parties that do not wish to rent out to entire restaurant.
Private Party Contact:
Nikki Heintz: (602) 425-4469
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
From groups of 15 or more to wedding rehearsal dinners, mix and mingles, holiday parties and full restaurant buy-outs, contact our Special Events Coordinator Nikki Heintz to learn more. firstname.lastname@example.org
La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews
What a pleasant surprise. We were in Tempe and the hotel we were staying at recommended La Bocca. The night prior we had visited one of the "finer" dinning establishments of Phoenix. The "finer" establishment should visit La Bocca to see how it should be done. The food and service were beyond reproach. I highly recommend La Bocca - you will not be disappointed. The next time we are in the area, La Bocca will be at the top of our list!
I took a group of 7 colleagues out for pizza and pasta on a Thursday night, though my Open Table reservation, they explained, would not offer us a guaranteed table since they work on a first-come-first-serve basis. We readily secured a table, and now I know why: The food arrived ice cold for everyone and the manager had denied repeated requests to close the front doors onto the patio, though the temperature was dipping into the 40s. The bolognese sauce was bizarre-overpowered by nutmeg or cinnamon. The whole experience, save some super tasty desserts, was a disappointment.
The food is great. I had the papardelli pasta. Others said the pizza was excellent as was the Med appetizer with olives and hummus and cheese. The breads were also notable. Excellent wine with happy hour prices. Excellent service for 5 of us, including my vegetarian niece.
We had reservations on a busy night. ASU had homecoming and Ironman was in town. The manager saw that his wait staff was busy so he came over to check on us and take our order. We had a great table outside, had great service and enjoyed the food. Overall great experience.
We were sat and waited 30 min before anyone came to our table. We put in our drink and food order at the same time. However, our food came out before our drinks and we had to ask multiple times for our drinks after the food. Service was awful, food was good.
Made a reservation thru open table and when we arrived we were told they don't take reservations. I showed them my reservation confirmation on my open table app and they clicked thru a few times to a screen that said they don't take reservations. Huh???
They are on open table, I made the reservation, got a confirmation but they don't take them? OK well that makes sense :o They tried to accommodate us by putting us outside but it was cold and there were no heaters so we had they move an outdoor table inside which they did. We waited over a half hour for our food. Bruschetta app was delicious as were the salads but the lemon chicken was very dry and the soda that came out of a can was flat.
I made a reservation because I had show tickets and wanted to ensure I would have time to eat and get to my show. When I checked in I was told they don't take reservations and it may be up to an hour wait. Needless to say I was disappointed and frustrated, as I was totally misled that my reservation would be honored. I left and wnt something else. I would suggest removing this business from open table since they do not honor reservations made there.
we made reservations because we were celebrating a special anniversary and then going to a play. we were on time and were told they had given our table away due to so many walk ins on a play night. however we could sit outside. we tried but it was very cold and they had no heaters. we spoke to a manager and he said he could get us inside at a group table. we said no as we did not feel like celebrating our special day with strangers. I made a reservation for a reason-so we could have dinner and make the play on time. what is the point of a reservation if you are not going to reserve the tables and let walk ins take what is left, we should have been the priority not the walk ins. we went down the street, had a quick bite and made the play. will never go back due to the total lack of respect...there are plenty of great places to eat in this town and I can't be bothered with this disrespect for my time and my plans!
I don't live nearby, but La Bocca is where we like to go before seeing a show at ASU. The food was great, loved the Caesar salad and we had 2 of their pasta dishes which were also quite tasty. The restaurant quickly filled (we arrived a little after 5) so the energy was great. Our server was very nice and she gave a knowing nod of approval at our food and drink choices.
We'll be sure to go back when I'm next going to a show at ASU.
I had not been in about 11 months. Since being there menu items same but quality very poor. Had the planks. Burnt thin bread, Brie so small and thin it had holes. Quite sad. Wine good but wine carafe due to happy hour smaller size than norm or like smaller. Who knows????
Three of us enjoyed lunch at La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar- I enjoyed a chopped salad that had fresh ingredients and tasted very good as well. Also ordered was a hamburger which received rave reviews and Buffalo Bleu which was also excellent. The service was attentive and our waitress was helpful and friendly.
Hip and cool atmosphere.
Slightly above average food.
Bad service. Reservation was not honored, food took forever to arrive, needed to be reminded several times about beer order, and our server seemed like he was in a frantic rush... he would be leaning into leaving our table the moment he'd ask us any question, like he really needed to go... just an overall poor experience... I wouldn't go again.
I love good food, but have grown tired of restaurants that are a little too in love with themselves. Yes, we can put wilted shamrocks and platypus cheese on a pizza and it might taste great; just don't lose sight of those wonderful standards. They are called old favorites for a reason. La Bocca figured out how to make great pasta and they don't feel the need to hide it with a bunch of crazy ingredients. They serve it with a perfect alfredo and smoky proscuitto and it is fantastic. The pizza was spot on as well - they offer some of the more exotic pizzas (I'm not averse to exotic pizza either - the best pizza I have ever had was duck confit and balsamic cherries with gorgonzola and red wine sauce), but we got something with sausage and pepperoni and it was perfect. The crust was thin and crispy, just the right amount of sauce...AH! I just thought of the best way to describe simple foods done well - confidence. An insecure restaurant or chef will doctor everything up with wild ingredients and artsy descriptions. A restaurant that is secure in itself may have those options, but can pull the standard fare off with class.
I've been here 3 times and have never had a bad meal. I highly reccomend this place because not only are the prices reasonable the food is outstanding and I heard the wine is some of the best in the Phoenix area. Definitely worth a try if you're into a nice atmosphere and good real food
We chose La Bocca in Tempe for lunch prior to going to a show at Gammage. We were a party of eight, and had reservations at opening time of 11. We were seated promptly, and received friendly and efficient service, no issues with separate checks or with the fact that some members of the party showed up later than others. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered - some hi lights included the bruschetta plank, especially the beet and smoked prosciutto selections, the chicken salad sandwich (not your ordinary chicken salad), the spicy pepperoni pizza, and the red sangria.
This place was amazing food was delicious, we arrived there between lunch and dinner and they allowed us to look at and order from both menus! We went there before going to gammage for a show and the waiter gave us the playbills for us to look at while we were waiting there was also an old movie playing in the background no sound just picture. Great feel to the restaurant great service and food was amazing!
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