Hanny’s is one of those places you just have to visit while in Phoenix. It’s a lively place with a lot of history and character and a lot of quirks, not to mention good food, cool cocktails, and a live DJ. We don’t want to spoil anything at Hanny’s, since part of the fun is discovering them for yourself. But…we hope you aren’t scared of dolls.
An example of the International Style, Hanny’s was designed by local architects Royal Lescher and Leslie Mahoney and built in 1947. Hanny’s was an upscale, trendy clothing store and then a training center for firefighters. Hanny’s restaurant began in 2005 when restaurant mogul Karl Kopp bought the building. Original signage remains in and around the building, including the terrazzo sidewalk inlay and the mural on the building’s rear façade.
The menu at Hanny’s is Italian based, and the portions are huge!
Shrimp or asparagus prosciutto, bruschetta or the signature Cauliflower Calabrese are among appetizer choices. With a group? Order The Bar Plate with a little of everything for everyone. Salads include a Roasted Beet, Teriyaki Pork, and Prosciutto Melon. Sides include Crispy Onion Strings and Gorgonzola Slaw (gorgonzola and pistachios with creamy cabbage slaw).
Pizza selections include their take on the Margherita, Bianco, Pepperoni, and Veggie, and really are huge. There is a wide variety of entrée options including a Stuffed Portobello, Pork Milanese, and Tuscan Steak. And sandwiches follow in the same vein with Sausage & Pepper, grilled Italian Steak (a customer favorite), Panino (prosciutto, sopressata, fontina cheese and more), and the Portobello.
Leave room for desert! Or at least get a cannolo, tiramisu or a zeppole (delicious Italian doughnuts) to go.
Their drinks menu offers pretty much anything you’d want to drink, from beer and champagne to wine, cognac, tequila, mescal, scotch, whiskey, and bourbon. The long list of specialty cocktails at Hanny’s restaurant include a Bellini, Pimm’s Cup, Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned, Mai Tai and a Singapore Sling. Take a step back in time and try the Absent Minded, made with Absinthe, agave nectar and more.
Historic Hanny’s is at 40 N. First Street in Phoenix. Check their website or give them a call (602-252-2285) for current hours of operation and to make a reservation. They are open for limited dine-in services and offer everything to-go. At present, they are open daily from 5pm ‘til midnight.
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