Payton & Shantal are back in business on the other side of the street! Indeed the space is much smaller, but that just means that we get to giggle at Payton trying not to swear at the salamander in front of the guests. :-)
We were there last night (Thu) for the Palmina wne tasting dinner. Two charchterie starter courses; a tempura'd ahi & scallop roll; grilled quail; pork shoulder; & a dessert trio. All paired perfectly with the wines. The winemaker, Chrystal Clifton, was very fun, & had a lot of interesting information & stories about bringing northern italian grapes to southern California. One of the first things she said was that they believe strongly in their wines working well with food. And they sooo did! A good time was definitely had!
Payton was also saying that opening night (Wed) was crazy-busy, which is an excellent thing. They're extending their mini-restaurant-week offer into next week, since they got a late start on it.
The new "subtitle" for the restaurant is indeed "farm to table", & he's no longer locked into the "Cal-Ital" model. He said they'll still have pasta & gnocci, & of course the house-smoked goodies. But he's also branched out to add some asian/Japanese- & mexican-influenced things, as well as yummy american. Looks like the plan is to change the menu weekly.
(Looks like the place link is going to need to be updated -- however that's done.
New address is 7133 E. Stetson. Phone is still 480-425-WINE, & webpage still digestifscottsdale.com)