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Scottsdale: Fine's Cellar

ccl1111 | Jan 30, 200808:57 PM

Searched on Fine's Cellar & didn't find anything on this so starting anew...

Well since the sister & brother-in-law have been there twice within the last 2 weeks, we decided not to wait for a date night & packed up the little ones & gave it a try tonight. We absolutely loved it!

The food was awesome. We did a few appetizers & a dinner entree and pretty much universally loved everything. It scares me when a new place starts out too well as I'm afraid we will have unrealistic expectations on our next visit.

We had the housemade duck confit bratwurst with truffled sauerkraut, roasted peppers and whole grain mustard. Some foie gras in the sausage. Just awesome. I will plan to order this over & over & over. Also had the orincini (risotto ball stuffed with Humboldt Fog goat cheese). This was wonderful as well. Already a big fan of Humboldt Fog and arancini/risotto, this was pretty much a can't miss for us. The surprise for me was that the accompanying arugula salad and shaved ricotta salata was also super yummy. Since our daughter is dairy allergic, we ordered the chicken & saffron risotto with sweet peas & carrot essence. Didn't expect to get a non-dary risotto out but this was also amazing. Chicken was moist & flavorful & we loved the risotto. On the non-dairy side, we also orderd sweet potato fries. These were incredible. Might be blasphemy but we liked them far better than any we've had (Delux, Stax, etc.). The aiolis that came with (sun-dried tomato-grenache, vanilla & aged balsamic-barolo) were also rocking. We were particularly in love with the vanilla aioli. Unfortunately we had to let our 3 year old eat the bulk of them.

We must have just ordered really, really well. Everything was too good.

Along with this, we each had a flight of tastes. You can purchase any wine on their list by the bottle, glass or taste which is pretty cool. Had some yummy selections.

We had a couple of very nice deserts too (olive oil poached pear with white chocolate drizzle and pistachio gelato/affogato bread pudding with chocolate gelato).

We also got some of their imported Venchi chocolates which I wasn't familiar with. We picked up some more on the way out to sample. Our 3 year old scarfed the extra dark but when I tried one later at home, it was too dark for me. The gold wrapped one was more my style. (We are currently in a dark chocolate frenzy - having been started by the incredible Mexican dark chocolate from the iBloom folks @ Vincent's farmers market.)

The service was ridiculous as well. Every interaction from our server to the GM to the wine steward (not sure of his exact title) to the chef to Mike the owner was unbelievably gracious. We couldn't get over how nice everybody was - the entire night! It was also very cool that the GM, the chef and Mike all paid a visit to our table to chat with us. I'm guessing they are being extra attentive with the place just opening. I don't see how it could last indefinitely. If it does, we'd be ecstatic.

When talking with Mike, we heard that they plan to cover pretty much most of our favorite things in life too. They are also doing/will be doing retail wine, cheese, gourmet chocolate (as mentioned), coffee, gelato & breakfast.

If they end up nailing the rest of the things as well as the dining, they could greatly cut down on our travel time. It'd be crazy if a visit to Fine's ended up replacing the bulk of our weekend fun trips/errands - Terroir/Sportsman's/AJs (wine); AJ's/LGO (cheese); iBloom/Pane Bianco (chocolate); Lux (coffee); Arlecchino (gelato); Orange Table/LGO/Pane Bianco (breakfast/lunch).

Found out that they will be able to sell their wine retail in about 60 days or so and will also have a wine club with various levels of participation (1, 2, 6 or 12 bottles). They put in a cheese case today. Still empty but I have high hopes for it. I couldn't complain if they just carry the selections that are on their bar menu.

While I like the chocolate, I'm still a bit partial to my iBloom Mexican dark. Haven't been a huge Mokarabia (which they use) fan in the past but I'm hoping it's been the execution in brewing/drawing drinks & we will be able to get great coffee there as well. Feel like we are spoiled with Arlecchino and nothing comes close (for us anyway) but you never know, right? The breakfast and lunch menus also look very interesting. We will be back to sample the coffee, gelato & breakfast/lunch menus soon!

They also have a 3 course prix fixe meal for $35. My brother-in-law had this last night & really liked it. Their concept sounds quite cool too. They switch regions (currently Italian) every 90 days and switch menus within region at the 45 day mark.

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