Forget trendy or hip—this is pure Italian, from Chef Marcellino Verzino, who now and again is noted as one of the Valley chefs who do Italian best. Verzino and his wife Sima made their rep drawing fans to an indifferent corner of north Phoenix; in 2010 they were induced down to the tony Waterfront in Scottsdale and provide some much-needed culinary seriousness. The staff can deliver some knockout wines—red, Italians, of course—to go with the meals. Don’t overthink things: Get any of Marcellino’s pastas and you’ll be fine. Wife Sima sings with a jazz trio Thursdays and Friday; she’s great but it’s not conducive for a quiet conversation, so ask to sit outside if that’s what you need.