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La Bocca Pizzeria, Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ

699 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
| +1 480-219-9510
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Every January, Tempe, Arizona, serves as the finish line for the thousands upon thousands of runners participating in the Arizona Rock'n'Roll marathon and half-marathon. And so, the question: "Where to eat after the race?"

Mill Avenue is the main drag in this college-student-oriented downtown. (ASU's campus is just a few blocks away.) Drinking-centric chain restaurants dominate, but if you want to find locally-sourced ingredients in a posh interior, check out La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine Bar.

Known throughout the Phoenix area for their sangria, they serve a mean plank of bruschetta—a great way to nosh while waiting for wood-fired pizzas to arrive. Perhaps not the clinically "perfect" runners' recovery meal, but it worked for us!

(The particular bruschetta in this photo:
roasted baby beets with goat cheese and honey; smoked prosciutto with mascarpone, fig, and truffle oil...)

And thank you thank you to fellow AFAR-posters who answered my query that led my friends and me to crash and refuel at this place yesterday afternoon! We DID shower beforehand; the interior is comfy-chic, with a lovely reproduction of a Renaissance portrait gazing out from behind the bar.