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Romeo’s Euro Cafe in Gilbert holds its weekly ‘‘Taste of Romeo’s’’ dinner, hosted by chef Romeo Taus and his wife, Janice, in a private dinning room, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

The dinners typically feature five courses selected from the restaurant’s regular menu. This week’s menu:

  • Portobellini: Grilled Portobello mushroom with roasted peppers, basil pesto, garlic, and kasseri cheese.
  • Hellenic Salad: Gyros, feta cheese, and yogurt over mushrooms, green pepper, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and romaine.
  • Sherry Cranberry Pork (pictured): Pork tenderloin, cranberries, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, roasted red pepper, green onions, and rosemary.
  • Ravioli Marco Polo: Cheese ravioli, meat sauce with Italian sausage, ricotta topped with mozzarella, and a touch of cinnamon.
  • Mini Cannolis

Cost is $27 per person plus tax and tip. Add five wine tastes for $10. RSVP: 480-962-4224.

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Nicantoni’s Pizza reopens at its new location in Gilbert

BY Jess Harter Monday, October 24, 2016

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After some ‘‘practice’’ sessions with friends and family over the weekend, Nicantoni’s Pizza reopened today at its new home in Gilbert.

The pizzeria closed last month on the northeast corner of McQueen and Warner, where it had spent the last 13 years.

Its new home is about 2.5 miles to the east in the country-themed JD’s Homestead center on Gilbert Road, about halfway between Elliot and Warner.


The space most recently was home to the short-lived MJaye’s. Other previous occupants included The Groves Bar & Grill and Old World Pizza Kitchen.

At approximately 2,300 square feet, the new space is about 300 square feet larger than Nicantoni’s previous space.

It also has a larger bar – with 12 beers on tap instead of just six – and a huge tree-lined patio in the back.


A stone wall, black granite tables, and new wood flooring create a more polished setting than the old location, which had purple walls and different colored booths.

The menu still offers the same New York-style pizzas and pasta dishes that have made Nicantoni’s so popular.

Some new additions include bruschetta ($15) and meat and cheese boards ($17).


Nicantoni’s opens at 11 a.m. daily. Closing hours haven’t been determined.

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MXSW Weekday Guide for Oct. 24-27

BY Jess Harter Monday, October 24, 2016



Candy Bar Milk Stout release at McFate Tap & Barrel in Scottsdale: The brewery taps its award-winning seasonal brewed with honey-roasted peanuts, cacao nibs, vanilla beans, and sea salt at 11 a.m. New CBMS growlers and T-shirts will be available for purchase.

30-year anniversary specials at Someburros: The local chain celebrates all week with $6 Pollo Funditos on Monday, $2 tacos on Tuesday, $1 strawberry or lime margaritas on Wednesday, and $2.50 bean and cheese burros on Thursday at all five Valley locations.

Four Peaks beer dinner at Carlsbad Tavern in Scottsdale: Southwest surf and turf salad, roasted lobster poblano chowder, chile-braised pork tenderloin, and Adobe pie will be paired with four beers at a 6 p.m. dinner. Cost is $45 per person. RSVP required.

Trivia with Hangar 24 Brewing at The Brass Tap in Mesa: The Redlands, Calif., will have its Polycot wheat wine, Betty IPA, and Gourdgeous strong porter on tap for Monday Night Trivia from 7-10 p.m. Stop by to talk about the beers and maybe score some swag.



Pei Wei Test Kitchen debuts in Scottsdale: Join sports radio personality John Gambadoro for free food samples and T-shirt giveaways from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. as the chain debuts its Test Kitchen, which features new interior design elements and food items.

Culinary & hospitality open house at Scottsdale Community College: Learn about the school’s culinary and hospitality programs by touring the kitchen, talking to students, meeting faculty, and sampling delicious foods prepared by students from 6-8 p.m. RSVP required.



Kegs & Candy at Four Peaks Brewing in Tempe: Mix and mingle with brewers and a confectionary chef as five types of candy are paired with beers from 6-8 p.m. at the Eighth Street brewpub. Cost is $20 per person, and tickets are limited. The tasting also will be held at the Scottsdale taproom Thursday and Wilson Street tasting room Friday.

Taste of Italy wine tasting at The Ivy in Chandler: Enjoy five Italian wines from different regions, as well as food to complement, from 7-10 p.m.. Tickets are $30 through Tuesday or $45 Wednesday, and include a beverage either before or after tasting.

Chateau Ste. Michelle wine dinner at Nico Heirloom Kitchen in Gilbert: Chef-owner Gio Osso teams up with one of America’s most-honored wineries for a five-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $65 per person and reservations are required.


bridessertpairing102416Stone tap takeover at Ground Control in Litchfield Park: The Escondido, Calif., brewery will have six beers – Enjoy By, Mocha IPA, Ruination 2.0, Xovoveza, Coffee Milk Stout, and Vertical Epic 2.02.02 – on tap starting at 4 p.m.

Halloween beer dinner at SunUp in Phoenix: The four food courses will include black pudding, flat-iron steak, and drunken blueberries, but the beer pairings are a secret for the 6:30 p.m. dinner. Cost is $30, and if you wear a costume you’ll get a 50% off beer coupon.

Dessert & Beer pairings at Beer Research Institute in Mesa: Banana cream pie with Lolli imperial Belgian blonde and pumpkin pie mousse with Saison D’Hiver are two of the four pairings at 7 p.m. Cost for all four is $25; only 30 tickets will be sold.

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Monday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Monday, October 24, 2016

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Baja Joe’s: $6 stuffed burgers all day; $5 burger and beer after 5 p.m. (cantina only).

The Brass Tap: Military and first responders get 25% off entire bill. Team trivia at 7 p.m. with a chance to win a $10-$30 gift cards.

Fibber Magees: $6 all hamburgers; $4 Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.

Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta: Get a large two-topping pizza (pictured), large tossed salad, and order of breadsticks with cheese for $17.50 from 4-8 p.m.; seniors get buy-one-get-one-free discount all night.

Hungry Monk: $11.50 all-you-can-eat wings; $2.50 Blue Moon pints.

Jimmy & Joe’s Pizzeria: Buy dozen wings, get second dozen for $2; 16-inch pizzas for $14.95 (up to 3 free toppings); buy any pizza, get second pizza of equal or less value for $5 ($12 for Big Jimmy).

El Palacio: $4 Gold Cadillac margarita, fruit margarita, or 20-ounce margarita.

La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: $5 house margaritas; free kids meal with purchase of adult entree.

My Wine Cellar: $10 wine flights (pick any three from by-the-glass menu).

Nicantoni’s Pizza: $1 off manicotti, meatballs (with spaghetti or in sub), Malibu, and Merlot.

Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants: Chicken, red or green beef chimi with drink for $7.49 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery: Kids (10 & under) eat free with paid adult.

Zappone’s Italian Bistro: $5.99 spaghetti and house-made meatballs with salad from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Cuisine & Wine Bistro is offering several specials this month at its recently opened south Chandler location on the northeast corner of Alma School and Chandler Heights.

In early happy hour deals (from 3-5 p.m.), buy two glasses of wine and get a free appetizer. Or buy two entrees and get a free appetizer. There’s a limit of one special per table. The specials are good through Oct. 31.

There also are two food specials, which will be available through Oct. 29:

  • Seafood au gratin with a saffron sauce, served with a mixed green salad. The seafood mix includes salmon, pollock, scallops, shrimp, and mussels ($29).
  • Boeuf Bourguignon served with seasonal baby potatoes ($24, shown).

November events at Cuisine & Wine will include a wine class on Nov. 9 and a Beaujolais Nouveau celebration with French folk singer Cecilia Hortensia on Nov. 17.

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MXSW Weekend Guide for Oct. 21-23

BY Jess Harter Friday, October 21, 2016



Bring your pencils to Postino or any UP restaurant

Postino Tempe needs pencils for an art instillation. Drop off vintage or colored pencils (sorry, no yellow No. 2s) at any Upward Projects restaurant by Nov. 30 and get $5 in UP bucks for every 15 pencils.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers opens in Gilbert

Look for a lengthy line when the fast-food chain opens its fourth East Valley location on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field. The first 100 people get free food. Doors open at 10 a.m.



Free mini acai bowls at Genuine Fresche in Chandler

The store’s new food truck makes its debut by giving out free 5-ounce acai bowls from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the store’s parking lot. There’ll also be a pop-up market with a half-dozen vendors.

1-year anniversary at 1455 American Grill in Gilbert

The family-run restaurant celebrates with $2.50 craft pints and bottles all day. Bring the family and kids eat free (limited menu) with an adult meal purchase.

High Brow Wine Picnic at Okra in Phoenix

Chef Cullen Campbell will pair three ‘‘high brow’’ wines with some ‘‘low brow’’ down home country cookin’ – which means his versions of chicken salad, chicken tenders, and hot dogs — at 1 p.m.

2-year anniversary at Social Box in Chandler

From 2 p.m.-close, specials will include $2 slices of cheese pizza, two-for-one well drinks, $2 domestic drafts, $2 Fireball shots, $3 Jack Fire shots, and $5 Deep Eddy vodka drinks. Plus, live music all day.


Tasting at The Fudge Junction in Apache Junction

Stop between 3-6 p.m. and vote whether Oreo Fudge and Davinity Fudge should be the store’s holiday flavor of the season. There also will be other fudge flavors available for sampling.

Zombie Homecoming at Peoria Artisan Brewery

Dress up, bring friends, and enjoy spooky-themed beers and creepy food items from 6-10 p.m. Walk through the Haunted Brewery and have the Zombie Brewer scare the living crap out of you. No cover.

SanTan barrel-aged beers at Craft 64 in Scottsdale

Beers on tap from the Chandler brewery at 7 p.m. will include bourbon barrel-aged Epicenter amber and Devils Ale pale ale, and the standard versions of Double Date Belgian dubbel and Kilo Hop IPA.



Curbside Crepes pop-up at Peixoto Coffee in Chandler

The food truck will be this week’s featured pop-up restaurant. Munch on a sweet or savory crepe made with a variety of organic, local and fresh ingredients while enjoying your artisan coffee.

Cajun seafood boil at Little Cleo’s in Phoenix

Fresh Cajun-style shrimp, Schreiner’s andouille sausage, cheddar biscuits with honey butter, and sweet corn hush puppies remoulade are just some of what you can get for $36 per person from noon-4 p.m.

C-CAP fundraiser at The Farm at South Mountain

Just a handful of $150 tickets remain for this afternoon of food, drink, and fun that raises money for the Arizona Chapter of Careers Through Culinary Arts Program from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

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Friday specials & deals from MXSW sponsors

BY Jess Harter Friday, October 21, 2016

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Baja Joe’s: $6.99 fish and chips

The Brass Tap: Teachers get 25% off between 4-7 p.m.

Fibber Magees: $15 all-you-can-eat fish & chips (pictured); $5 Car Bombs, $3 signature cocktails.

Hungry Monk: $11.50 all-you-can-eat fish & chips; $3 Captain Morgans, margaritas on rocks & house wine.

La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen: 15% off any tequila shots all day.

Nicantoni’s Pizza: Mention word of the day (found on Facebook page) and get 10% off your bill.

Rania’s Kabob Grill: $12.99 all-you-can-eat fish (pictured above).

Serrano’s Mexican Restaurants: Chile relleno burro enchilada-style with drink for $7.49 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Social Box Neighborhood Eatery: Purchase an entree and get a dessert for half price.

Uncle Bear’s: $9.99 fish & chips; $4.50 Three Olives Vodka; $3.50 Dog Park Dark Ale pints.

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Saturday: SanTan barrel-aged beers at Craft 64 in Scottsdale

BY Jess Harter Thursday, October 20, 2016

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Craft 64 in Old Town Scottsdale will host an evening of SanTan Brewing barrel-aged beers at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The featured beers:

  • Bourbon barrel-aged Epicenter amber
  • Bourbon barrel-aged Devils Ale pale ale
  • Double Date Belgian dubbel
  • Kilo Hop IPA

There also will be some surprises from SanTan.

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Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, a Louisiana-based fast-food chain, opens its fourth East Valley location at 10 a.m. Friday on the northwest corner of Val Vista and Williams Field in Gilbert.

The site previously was home to a Burger King restaurant, which was demolished.

To celebrate its grand opening, the first 100 people in line Friday will receive a free box combo (pictured) and a commemorative gift, with 10 lucky guests chosen at random to win free food for a year.

The restaurant also will be giving away 100 percent of its first-day profits to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Raising Cane’s made its East Valley debut in Tempe in 2012. It added a Mesa location in 2013, and a Chandler location this summer.

The menu features only one entree: chicken fingers (fresh, never frozen) with its signature Cane’s Sauce. There are three side options: Fries, cole slaw and Texas toast.

After Friday, the Gilbert hours will be 9 a.m.-midnight daily.

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With the holiday season approaching, AZ Food Crafters in Chandler is gearing up its pie production.

Many people don’t realize, in addition to the delicious hand pies the store/cafe is famous for, it also makes traditional, full-size round pies.

Right now, AZ Food Crafters is offering 15 different kinds of 9-inch gourmet pies:

  • Classic Granny Smith Apple ($20)
  • Caramel Apple ($22)
  • Dutch Apple ($22)
  • Maple Pecan ($28)
  • Cranberry Orange Walnut Buttermilk ($24)
  • Banana Cream ($30)
  • Coconut Cream ($28)
  • Chocolate Cream ($28)
  • Lemonade Meringue ($32)
  • True Key Lime ($32)
  • Berry Crumble ($24)
  • Strawberry Rhubarb ($30)
  • Fresh Roasted Pumpkin ($22)
  • Pear Cranberry Walnut Streusel ($28)
  • Lemon Pucker Pie ($24)

Add $10 for lattice-topped pies. Add $15 for a keepsake ceramic pie dish.

Please allow a minimum of 24-hour notice on orders.

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