Quick sips & bites of news about what’s going on around the Phoenix restaurant community, breweries and wineries.
Wildflower adds new hearty menu items for winter
The locally owned specialty bakery known for its handcrafted artisan breads and more has added 8 new items to its menu. The festive foods include breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, pastas and toasts. There are 16 locations throughout Phoenix and Arizona.
Friendsgiving at Pedal Haus Brewery
Thanksgiving Eve friends and family can gather on the patio for a socially distanced celebration during happy hour. From 3:30 til closing on Wednesday November 25th enjoy happy hour specials, the new Peppermint Porter and live music. The celebration at the Chandler location goes until 10 p.m.
Aridus Wine Company ends its 8th harvest
The award-winning winery ends the 2020 grape growing season with almost 86 tons of grapes. This was their 4th harvest picking grapes from the estate’s 40 acres of vineyards in southern Arizona that started on August 22nd. 72% of the grapes picked will be for red wines, 26% for white wines and 2% for rose.
FRANCINE Restaurant opens patio for dining
You can now enjoy lunch, dinner or brunch at the French Mediterranean restaurant outside on the new patio. Located at the luxury wing of Scottsdale Fashion Square seats 28 people in the relaxing and beautiful setting. Seating is by request with reservations recommended.
Serrano’s closes Tempe location until early 2021
The 6440 S. Mill Ave. location has closed for dine-in and take-out to undergo a major renovation. A major renovation needs to completed and the 4 other locations are open for dine-in, take-out and curbside delivery.
Maggiore’s family restaurants dates back to the late 1970’s in Phoenix. Tomaso led the way with his iconic restaurant Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant at Camelback and 32nd St. and his son Joey has learned how to open successful restaurants. In mid February, Joey & Christina Maggiore and partner Flora Tersigni introduce their newest concept The Sicilian Baker Cannoli Bar & Market.
The Sicilian Baker joins the groups Hash Kitchen and The Sicilian Butcher, favorites among Phoenix restaurants. The Sicilian Baker Cannoli Bar & Market will be located next door to The Sicilian Butcher in Phoenix.
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Sign me up for the build-your-own cannoli bar along with fresh pasta, meats and cheeses from the market. Master pastry chef Giovanni La Rosa, a cousin of Maggiore is working with them from Sicily to create specialized desserts and pastries.
The signature cannoli bar will feature 10 flavored creams for customers to choose from. Mix and match and choose your cannoli shell dipped or not we can have fun here. Small to foot long shells will be available.
“This is definitely something one-of-a-kind in the United States,” said Maggiore. “We’re bringing Sicily to the footsteps of Phoenix with what we’re building next to the Tatum and Greenway location.”
The spacious restaurant designed by Cristina features black porcelain tile, sliding barn doors and colorful food cases. Smell and taste fresh cassattas, sfinci (Italian treats) from pastry chefs as you linger between the 2 concepts.
Expanding the Sicilian Baker
The Maggiore’s have their eyes on 2 additional locations for the Sicilian Baker. The will open next door to the Sicilian Butcher in Chandler and have eyes on the west valley.
The new bakeries are planning for a 2019 opening with more to follow throughout Arizona.
The Maggiore’s should open The Sicilian Butcher in Chandler(3151 W. Frye Rd.) in March 2019 with the bakery to follow.
When husband and wife Jay and Danielle Lunt decided to re-locate to Arizona from Las Vegas to be closer to family it meant selling their successful 10 year old bakery. After 11 years in Arizona the couple decided they “kneaded” to get back to their baking roots and opened Rise Up Bakery www.riseupbread.com in December.
The cozy, neighborhood bakery is located at Gilbert Tuscany Village and features the couples specialty, bread along with cookies, muffins, scones and more. Their bread is made from scratch and use all natural ingredients and is prepared with out no added oils, eggs and preservatives.
“We missed being in the bakery everyday and seeing the faces of our customers enjoying what we baked,” said Jay. “We pride ourselves on offering the best classic treats, and hope that we can offer something new to the amazing Gilbert community. Our goal is to create something both beautiful and delicious using simple ingredients.”
Rise Up is opened Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and is located at 861 N. Higley Rd.(at Guadalupe) in Gilbert. 480-264-3026.