Stefano Fabbri, owner of popular Phoenix restaurants Mora Italian and Pomo Pizzeria announced he’s opening a new restaurant, Meat the Ball. The full-service restaurant will open Thursday March 21st at the Biltmore Fashion Park.
The menu will include an impressive line-up of meatballs made with sausage, veal, salmon and more. In addition to meatballs the restaurant will offer appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts.
“I’m thrilled to introduce Meat the Ball, a mini restaurant with a big personality centered on the quintessential meatball and its street food friends. We will have authentic recipes prepared with locally sourced and organic products to celebrate today’s healthy dining, Italian style,” says Fabbri.
The 1,500 square foot restaurant will look like a 50’s style diner and decorated with pop-art and a retro theme.
Meat the Ball will be open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Biltmore Fashion Park is at 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix 85016. For more information visit their website.
Phoenix restaurant The Gladly celebrates its 5th anniversary and will offer fans 5 days of food and drink specials to celebrate. Kicking off Monday September 10th guests will be able to enjoy the popular Chopped Salad for $1 followed by these special below.
Monday, Sept. 10 – Enjoy $1 Original Chopped Salads (dine-in only; dinner service only; limit one per table).
Tuesday, Sept. 11 – Enjoy 50-percent off all draft cocktails including The Gladly Manhattan, Moscow Mule, Spiced Daiquiri, Penicillin, Thai Margarita and Aperol Spritz.
Wednesday, Sept. 12 – Enjoy $1 oysters during happy hour and dinner service.
Thursday, Sept. 13 – Enjoy $10 bottles of rosé.
Friday, Sept. 14 – Enjoy a special, signature dish from The Gladly’s Scottsdale sister restaurant, Citizen Public House, for one night only.
If you can’t make in during the week, stop in anytime during the month for a celebratory cocktail for only $5 created just for the anniversary.
“This is our way of saying thanks to the community, and to those who came through our doors over the last five years,” said co-owner Andrew Fritz. “We can’t wait for you to see what’s in store for the future.”
The owners that have brought the Phoenix restaurant scene Arcadia’s and downtown Phoenix’s Nook Kitchen and the revamped Dilly Dally Lounge have opened The Bar.
Located along the bustling Indian School Rd. down the street from their other Arcadia restaurants The Bar pours “The Big Lebowski” inspired cocktails and plates up approachable bar food.
Owner Frank Vairo says, “We’re excited to add The Bar to our growing restaurant group and happy to be a part of this neighborhood. The Bar is a kitschy place for innovative cocktails along with familiar bar-style food that’s been elevated with fresh ingredients and house-made menu items.”
Cocktails at The Bar
Fans of the late ’90s cult film The Big Lebowski are encouraged to stop in after bowling a few games to sip on unique cocktails such as the “Dudebro” which combine Absolut vodka, St. George coffee and Irish cream or The Bar’s version of the classic Margarita “Go With the Flow” which combines Absolut Lime vodka, Deep Eddy lemon, Aperol, sweet & sour juice and splash of soda over ice.
Not feeling “The Dude” in you, classic cocktails such as an Old Fashioned and others are prepared with enthusiasm and skill.
Approachable bar food
Using locally sourced ingredients for his house made dishes, chef Nick Larosa takes bar food up a couple of notches as he prepares comfort food staples. Scratch made potato skins & onion rings, Thick Cut Bacon BLT and the Double Decker American Burger on Noble Bread to name a few.
His proudest menu item is his own creation, John Blaze Honey Hot Wings also known as “JBHH”. Hot wing fans will appreciate chef Nick’s signature dish and will notice how seriously he takes his mild and blazing hot wings.
A Cookies n Cream Reese’s Pieces Sundae is a good way to cure your craving for something sweet for dessert.
The Bar is open daily from 3 p.m. -2 a.m. and is at 3174 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. Check out there website for more information.
Housed in an old church in central Phoenix, Taco Guild has been named by the Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise” as one the best Mexican restaurants in the country and become a local favorite for traditional Mexican cuisine with the modern touch of executive chef Dan Santos. Diners can now experience these unique dishes on the weekend as Santos has introduced a brunch menu.
The brunch menu includes 10 new items, 5 from the Old World with classic Mexican dishes and 5 from the New World with a modern and contemporary twist.
“This is the biggest overhaul to the brunch menu we have made and we are excited to share it with our guests,” says Santos. “As with all our dishes we aim for mastery and offer diners a truly unique and special experience.
Old World and New World brunch at Taco Guild
These delicious sounding new dishes include bold flavors and fresh ingredients can be enjoyed on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Old World menu items:
Chiliquiles corn chips, spicy tomato sauce, menonita cheese, two eggs prepared your way and your choice of protein. Served with borracho beans. 9.95
Corn Cakes with Sausage & Eggs Griddled corn cakes, house-made beef and pork sausage patties, spicy tomato sauce and two eggs prepared your way. 9.95
Plantain Brulee Cornmeal Pancakes Cornmeal pancakes, plantains, spiced brown sugar, honey cinnamon butter and spiced maple syrup. 9.95
Chorizo con Papas & Eggs Southwestern potatoes, chorizo, peppers, onions and two eggs prepared your way. Served with house-made tortillas. 8.95
Coconut French Toast Tres leches custard flavored with cinnamon and cardamom, torta bread. Topped with toasted coconut, mango, strawberries, honey cinnamon butter and spiced maple syrup. Served with house-made beef and pork sausage patties. 9.95
New World menu items:
Huevos Rancheros Quinoa Bowl Southwestern seasoned quinoa, spiced crema, salsa fresca, avocado and two eggs prepared your way. 8.95
Coffee Steak Hash & Eggs Coffee seasoned steak, Southwestern potatoes, onion and peppers. Served with two eggs prepared your way and borracho beans. 10.95
Guild Chicken & Cornmeal Waffle House-made cornmeal waffle, guild chicken, spiced maple syrup, honey cinnamon butter and serrano pepper. 9.95
Guild Torta Your choice of protein, peppers, onions, avocado, two eggs, menonita cheese, Southwestern potatoes and toasted torta roll. 9.95
It was less than a year ago that I reported that James Beard Award winning chef Alex Stratta took over culinary operations at The Herb Box , well that short-lived stint has come to an end. Chef Stratta has taken his culinary talents to MATCH:Restaurant & Cocktails in The Found:Re Hotel in Phoenix.
New menu debut
The first change will take place in September when chef Stratta will debut a new menu for the wood-fired and local focused restaurant. “We are testing new recipes and seeking the perfect balance of flavor and relatable dishes that suit the tastes of our local residents and out-of-town guests,” said Stratta. “The wood fired oven and grill will continue to take center stage as we evolve our menu.”
He and his team will continue to focus on simple, seasonal and locally sourced ingredients that will be presented in an artful style to coincide with the hotels art inspired decor and design.
The Alex Stratta culinary history
The globe-trotting chef has collected awards for his Las Vegas restaurants Stratta & ALEX and his first stint in Phoenix at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician Resort. He’s also worked for famed chefs Alain Ducasse in Monaco at Louis XV in The Hotel de Paris and Daniel Boulud in New York at Le Cirque. He’s also made the finals on Top Chef Masters, Italian Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. In addition to his James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” award he’s been named a Food & Wine Best New Chef, several AAA Five Diamond awards and a two star rating from the Michelin Guide for ALEX.
Are you scrambling trying to figure out where to take mom for Mother’s Day on Sunday? No sweat as Southern Rail & Beckett’s Table is offering a laid back atmosphere for mom and the family. To help put her in a relaxing mood they will be offering a complimentary glass of bubbly to the hardest working member of the family.
Mother’s Day specials
In addition to the bubbly for mom, both restaurants will be serving their seasonal menus and 1/2 price bottles of Arizona wines for the whole family.
Southern Rail will be serving up a gluten-free special of Organic Scottish Salmon served a top a bed of roasted cauliflower, spinach with a dill caper roasted garlic butter for $24.
Beckett’s Table will be offering a Mother’s Day special of Pan Seared Scallops alongside of green beans, potatoes, Chorizo, spinach, almonds and a creme fraiche for $28.
Beckett’s Table will open an hour earlier at 4p.m. and Southern Rail’s Brunch starts at 11 a.m. with reservations recommended for both restaurants. Call Southern Rail at 602-200-0085 http://southernrailaz.com/ and Beckett’s Table 602-954-1700 http://beckettstable.com/
If you’re like me, an early riser who eats breakfast well before the sun rises during the winter months, it means you probably want lunch when some still have not had breakfast. This common occurrence is best served on weekends when many restaurants serve brunch to appease both the early & late risers. Now you can enjoy brunch at MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails on Sat. & Sun. from 10:20 a.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Inside the FOUND:RE Hotel in Phoenix MATCH Cuisine started 2017 by serving brunch that will evolve over time to include Executive Chef Akos Szabo’s take on Dim-Sum but currently includes a menu that is inspired by food from around the world with ingredients that come from closer to home. A few of the delicious brunch menus dishes include……
Filipino Chile Relleno with longanisa sausage, mozzarella, charred tomato, cojita cheese and Mexican oregano, $14
Adela’s Enchiladas with top knot farm chicken, salsa verde, avocado crema and crisp lettuce
Braised Korean Rib Lettuce Wraps with pickled carrots, coriander, Thai basil, gochujang aioli, lime and salted cashews, $15
Not Your Basic Chick with a sweet potato waffle, crispy fried chicken and Caribbean hot sauce, $13
Additional menu items include organic yogurt & granola parfait with seasonal berries at $9 and the Plato Paisa with wood grilled steak, plantains, crispy chicharrones, longanisa sausage, avocado, black beans, crema and fried eggs ($21).
MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails and FOUND:RE Hotel is at 1100 N. Central Ave. Phoenix 85003. http://www.MatchPHX.com