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Cardos Pizza & Italian Restaurant

203 E State Highway 260, Payson, AZ 85541-4928
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Ranked #26 of 59 restaurants in Payson
Cuisines: Italian
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65% Recommend
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English first
Scottsdale, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The family and I went up to Payson for the weekend and decided to stop and grab a bite on our way back down. It was Sunday evening and we were in the mood for some good pizza. We didn't want cardboard box tasting pizza factory so we decided to try Cardo's. Great choice for us. We had the mushroom... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Spent the weekend in Payson, hubby and I decided to get a pizza and take back to motel. This was the worst pizza we have ever had. Still we were hungry so we did both eat a slice, and was up all night with a bad stomach.

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

My client suggested this place as the best Italian food in town and he's obviously right. Service was prompt and pleasant and food was wonderful. I had the "Pasta with Personality"....perfectly cooked pasta with enough toppings to taste like a cross between pasta and pizza. They have a full bar....wine list is limited but some nice selections. Very large portions....and... More

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Goodyear, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Cute restaurant - loved the decor and the feel. However, very disappointed in the pizza. We thought - expected - a homemade crust because only places like Peter Piper have ready made crust (we drove away from the Pizza Factory across the street for that very reason - with a name like that, must be cardboard with sauce). Cardo's was... More

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Rhode Island
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221 reviews 221 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Okay, let's consider the local. It's an hour north(ish) of Phoenix AZ, how much Italy can one expect. Went with a group and judging by everyone else's dishes my Greek Salad was the best choice. That said, the place was full so, guess the locals don't seem to mind. When passing through, this would not be my "go to" place.

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

This placed seemed promising. The waitress was ok but they got the order wrong. We asked for a sampler without mushrooms and they came back in 2 minutes with mushrooms. Obviously frozen. I ordered the steak sandwich with no mushrooms and it came with mushrooms. Half the sandwich didn't even have meat on it! My wife's pasta was all boxed... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It was 8:45 on a Saturday night and we tried to eat next door to our motel at Tiny's family dinner. We were promptly told it was 15 minutes before closing and were given the evil eye by the staff so we left and went across the street to Cardo's. What a difference. Welcomed with a menu, a beer and... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

OH MY GOD! This place knows how to cook! It has been a very long time since we have had good Italian. While visiting Payson I know we will stop by here again and again! The staff were all very friendly and all went out of their way to help not only customers but each other. Our server also knew... More

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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72 reviews 72 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This restaurant is right at the crossroads of Payson and heading up to the White Mountains for fly fishing or other outdoor adventures. The hours of operation are great because we are usually late for everything (so we know we can get good food late). The atmosphere is extremely comfortable. It may sound funny but it is one of those... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stopped here en route from Albuquerque to Phoenix - we were seated promptly and introduced to our very pleasant waiter. The food was very tasty, the garlic bread appetizer served 4 of us. Pasta dishes could do with a little less sauce but overall it was very tasty - real comfort food

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