Rusconi’s American Kitchen

February 22nd, 2013

10637 N. Tatum Blvd. Suite 101B

Phoenix, AZ 85028

480.483.0009

It’s nice to have an independently owned restaurant at the N/E cross-roads of Shea and Tatum. Not to mention a chef who has earned his marks under the tutelage of some of the valley’s finest. My first opinion is usually based on the wine list, of  which I ordered a Merlot-yes Merlot, and was extremely satisfied. The price was reasonable too at $8, and next time, I just might go ahead and trust the $5 special they are offering. I have to be honest, the environment was pleasant right off the bat, and I am sure that the few tables out front will be hard to get during spring and fall. The lunch I had was just okay, there really wasn’t enough meat on the short-rib sliders to justify the use of the tasty bun, and I prefer a little more kick to the horseradish sauce-why else eat it? The chocolate mousse with pear topping dessert was to die for. Did I really have to share it? It was delicious! So, for a nice place to sip wine and  devour dessert I’ll go back. My verdict is still not out on the food, so I’ll be happy to give it another try and let you know.

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.

Down Under Wines

September 23rd, 2009

3305 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 7, Chandler

480-705-7131

www.downunderwinestore.com

I met here recently for a book club and was really surprised by how good the wine and cheese platters were, as well as how few people happened to be there that night. What a shame. I do think they may be moving south soon to a better location, so call before you go, but GO! The very friendly Aussie’s deserve to survive the recession and I plan to make arrangements to meet up down under my neck of the woods to help them out. Check their web-site for various events and wine-tasting special.

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