Last year’s inaugural week featured mostly Scottsdale and Phoenix restaurants. This year, however, a number of Southeast Valley eateries are participating.
Here are the menu choices for five of them (for the full list of restaurants and menus, go to arizonarestaurantweek.com):
Landmark Restaurant (pictured above): First course: Shrimp cocktail, crab cakes or ravioli Espanol. Second course: Filet mignon with salad room; lamb chops with salad room; bacon-wrapped scallops with salad room; or Sterling prime rib. Third course: Chocolate mousse, raspberry cheesecake or Kentucky bourbon pecan pie. Additional item: House wine. 809 W. Main St., Mesa, (480) 962-4652.
Brio Tuscan Grille (pictured at left): First course: Roasted garlic and artichoke dip; spicy shrimp and eggplant; or calamari fritto misto. Second course: Tuscan grilled pork chops, chicken Milanese pomodoro or shrimp and scallop risotto. Third course: Brulee trio of bananas Foster, vanilla bean and caramel. 2150 E. Williams Field Road, Gilbert, (480) 917-9177.
Cork: First course: Risotto trio, baby arugula salad or organic green salad. Second course: Buttermilk fried chicken, grilled beef tenderloin or Alaskan lingcod. Third course: Creme brulee, flight of house-made sorbets infused with wine or chocolate-cherry brownie sundae. 4991 S. Alma School Road, Chandler, (480) 883-3773.
Tomaso’s: First course: Sausage and peppers with crostini; crab cakes and field greens; or Caprese salad and bruschetta. Second course: Cioppino with linguini or risotto; Sicilian combo with eggplant involtini, braciole and butternut squash ravioli; or halibut Genovese. Third course: Creme brulee, cannoli or pistachio tartufo. 7131 W. Ray Road, Chandler, (480) 940-1200.
Vito’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant: First course: Calamari, spinach-artichoke dip or bruschetta. Second course: Lasagna, chicken Marsala or lobster ravioli. Third course: Tiramisu, cannoli or spumoni. Additional item: Glass of wine. 1947 N. Lindsey Road, Mesa, (480) 832-3311.