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“Safe choice”

Gerardo's Firewood Cafe
Ranked #2 of 71 Restaurants in Payson
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $19
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Payson, Arizona
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Safe choice”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

We eat here several times a year. The service and food is generally very good. The menu never changes and the specials are always the same in our experience.

Visited July 2013
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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300 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Good food, service, ambiance”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

The chef/owner has been schooled and has worked as a chef all around the world (check out the Web site before you go at gerardosbistro.com. The restaurant really is all about food and wine. Even though that may seem to be true with all eateries it really is not. At Gerardo's it is. We stepped in and was not overtaken by people welcoming us, opening doors, asking us how we feel, and all of those superficial things. Instead, we got a chance to come in, stop and look around, and take in the wonderful cooking aromas, interesting awards, and signage. Immediately we saw the chef cooking in the kitchen and delivering up delicious looking pizzas. The place was busy for a Saturday afternoon. Our table was comfortable and the service was good. I appreciated that they brought olive oil and balsamic vinegar as well as the pizza combo of parmesan, oregano, and pepper flakes. ALL ingredients were super fresh and favorable, of fine quality. I got the veggie pizza on whole wheat crust and it was LOADED with yummy veggies--very healthful. They do a great job. Enjoy!

  • Visited August 2013
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Payson, Arizona
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Best authentic Italian food”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Some may consider Gerardo's pricey but you get what you pay for, as they say. After many visits, have tried salads, pizza and several main menu items - all delicious. We always try to arrive by 5pm for dinner as it gets very crowded. Outside patio area is desirable when weather co-operates. Only down side: when crowded with diners, for some reason it can get quite noisy.

Visited June 2013
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Payson, Arizona
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Payson's Italian fare...”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Good food, friendly staff, owner/chef Gerardo is right there in the open kitchen, so say "hi". He and his family are great supporters of charities in town.

Visited January 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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“Best Italian Food in Payson”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Everything is delicious from the Ceasar's salad, Minestrone soup, pizza, pasta, and gelato.
Gerardo and Maria as well as daughter Natalie make a good family combination for their warmth and hospitality. Price is very reasonable and service is excellent. We always have a good meal .

  • Visited July 2013
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