My Wine Cellar/Lucy’s Place

January 4th, 2010

5030 E. Warner Rd. (48th/Warner Rd.)

Ahwatukee, AZ 85044

480-598-9463

www.my-wine-cellar.com

This charming little shop located in Ahwatukee, serves as both a wine store, beer bar and cafe for locals. With a variety of seating arrangements both indoor and out, decorated with the owner’s obvious love for I Love Lucy and her wine stomping antics, you are sure to find a comfortable seat to enjoy a glass or bottle of wine from around the world to suit your fancy.  They also offer a slew of brew on tap and in the bottle, as well as happy hour specials,  of which I tried the pizza and a beer for only $10.  The 10″ pizza was pretty good and I managed to eat the whole thing. The server was accommodating to my simple bottled beer request,  rather than the special offerings on tap. They also have a range of appetizers, soups and salads, as well as a few pasta dishes, and a worthy espresso bar.

Cibo Urban Pizzeria

September 23rd, 2009

603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix 85003

602-441-2697

Lunch M-F 11am to 2pm; Dinner M-F at 5pm; Closed Sundays

Each pizza is hand tossed and made using the best locally grown organic produce and imported Italian products.

Ask about their Thursday Specials.

Buon Appetito!

d-vine bistro and wine bar

August 8th, 2007

3990 S. Alma School, Chandler (at Ocotillo)

480-782-5550

www.dvinewine101.com

Here’s a nice wine bar with a view. I’m always impressed when there’s an outdoor view of greenery and trees, accompanied by a showering mist system on the outdoor patio, live music seeping out from the bustling indoor lounge. It’s apparent this is a popular spot for the young locals. The service is friendly and attentive, and the food looks to be eclectic and creative, however I only came for a glass of wine with a friend. The list was interesting and reasonable which you can peruse on their web site. There are two locations, Chandler and Mesa at the NE corner of Power and McDowell, but I would make the trek back here just to enjoy the view!

Joe’s Farm Grill

August 8th, 2007

3000 E. Ray Rd.

480-563-4745

Sun-Th 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10

www.joesfarmgrill

By the same owners of Joe’s Real BBQ in Gilbert, comes a farm-friendly restaurant, using as many local ingredients from their own Agritopia fields and supplementing through other local farmers as well. Using the most healthful ingredients such as local natural beef for their burgers, and transfat free oils for frying, dressings and marinades, Joe’s takes common foods such as pizzas, fries, salads, and ribs to the next level. The menu changes to reflect what’s in season. I appreciated the clean lines and minimalist decor which makes this a popular spot for young families, not having to worry about spills, and the view of what’s left of the surrounding farm, including picnic tables under the trees, was inviting and soothing on the eyes. They are also conscientious about recycling the paper, plastic and glass products. Place your order at the modern counter, but try to have your mind made up as a line quickly follows behind you. Desserts seem to be popular for ice cream lovers with items such as fresh berry shakes, and sundaes.

Euro Pizza Cafe

February 1st, 2007

12645 N. Saguaro Blvd. #11 (on the Lake in Fountain Hills)

480-836-0207

11am-10pm daily

BYOB Can be purchased at Grapeables Wine Bar next door

I am a creature of habit, and return to this restaurant simply to enjoy the view of the Fountain on the Lake, while eating a caprese salad and bowl of the fresh soup of the day. The pizzas are okay, even though I am not crazy about the crust. The menu has changed and added some nice Greek appetizers, however, it is sitting on that patio with that one of a kind view that keeps me coming back.

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