Tutti Santi and Roberto's were repeat visits for us - we checked them out for the first time a few weeks ago (earlier post) and we're already repeat customers.
At Tutti Santi, we requested our already-favorite waiter Jack, who greeted us like long-time regulars. I started with the Tutti Santi pizza - a delicious beef carpaccio pizza with arugula and corn. The pizza here is excellent. When I commented on the wonderful texture of the crust, I was told that the dough starter was hand-carried all the way from Napoli. No wonder! The rest of our meal was just as good. For me, I enjoyed one of their specialties - Fettucine Mare E Monti (fresh fettucine in a creamy cognac sauce with shrimp and wild mushrooms) while the kitchen kindly prepared one of E's favorites not on the menu - Veal Milanese with lemon butter caper sauce, especially good with Jack's suggestion to also add artichokes.
We stopped in Roberto's Mexican for a quick lunch. I'm already addicted to the carnitas tacos ($2.49), but liked the fish tacos too ($2.39). E ordered the same as last time - the carne asada torta (($4.39).
We were in Mesa running errands last Sunday and decided to have dinner at Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain. Alas, when we drove up, they are closed on Sundays. Hmmm...where to go now? When we passed a Ranch Market, I remember reading recs for Tradiciones from the 'Hounds, so we called to find out the address of which Phoenix Ranch Market this was next to, and ended up there for dinner. Another winner - we really liked this place with its great margaritas (the cilantro margarita was very good!), strolling mariachis, and varied menu. We started off dinner by trying their menudo (nicely done - we bought some to go also). E enjoyed his mole. I ordered carnitas, which was very tender and flavorful but more like braised pork as it was missing the crispy/crunchy-edged chunks of true carnitas. After dinner, we had more fun shopping in the Phoenix Ranch Market for the first time. Wow, what a selection. We're looking forward to snacking in the market itself.
I had planned on making a trip to the Super L asian market, in downtown Phoenix, but ran out of time this weekend so we decided to stay closer to home and went to the Asiana Market in Glendale. Wow, you guys have great ethnic shopping here. This was much larger than I expected, with a great selection. It's a Korean market but also carries a large array of Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese groceries, along with a butcher and seafod counter. We tied this in with lunch at Chanpen Thai. We ordered too much food (so had great leftovers!) because we both wanted to order some of our Thai restaurant favorites. E ordered pad thai and pineapple fried rice, while I ordered the som tum (papaya salad), nua kem (Thai beef jerky), sticky rice, and woon sen (Thai glass noodle salad) with crab. Ahh. So happy to have such a good restaurant nearby for my Thai food fix. Our server couldn't have been sweeter, and there was no dumbing down of spices here. My 'very very spicy' was perfect and had me sniffling and tearing up ; ) E was just has happy with his usual dishes, though I was surprised to see the pad thai was red. I had heard that this was common on the west coast. However, it only took one bite to find out that their pad thai is very good. I'm a newbie here, so I asked, and it seems that they add paprika for a bit of flavor and heat, I assume similar to the classic addition of ground Thai chili, so all was good. Another spot we will return to.
Last night we decided to try Mancini's on ArizonaGirl's rec. She knows her stuff! We started with a generous plate of crispy seasoned fried artichokes. E ordered fettucini alfredo which he liked (good sauce, pasta was not as al dente as I like) and I had to have a Philly cheesesteak - wiz wit of course! The accompanying homemade chips were good, but our favorite were the side of addictive sweet potato fries. Friendly service, made especially nice with a couple of happy hour cocktails and, with the walls slid back, a nice view of the live music on the patio with the sunset behind. Mancini's has live music Tuesday-Saturday.
This week - we're going to Mary Elaine's for our first (and last time since it's closing soon). We aren't meeting friends until later and were thinking of stopping at someplace nearby for a sunset cocktail before we go over to the Phoenician (unless there's a spot with a great view there). Any suggestions? I've never been to that area. Then to end another week of fine food - the West of Western Culinary Festival on Sunday. Thanks to the 'Hounds who posted here, or else I wouldn't have known about it!
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