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I've done a search for places in Ahwahtukee but have come up short. I know through my browsing of the board there are quite a few good places to eat in that area. But my need to jot them down didn't exist until now. Unfortunately since the word Ahwatukee is not mentioned in the majorities of reviews they are not pulled up.

So far I have Star of India, Cafe Boa and Rice Box. I know about Fogo e. What other places are there? I need to know before this Saturday AM.

As a suggestion - when possible, please note the area of Phoenix the place is in as well as the address.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. I also like Va Bene (which is technically Chandler).

    It's at 48th Street and Chandler Blvd..

    It get's pretty busy on the weekends..

    1. I love, love, love the pies at Florencia the Pizza Bistro. It's at Ray and ... Ranch Circle, I think, in the same plaza as Melting Pot. Local beer on tap, affordable wines by the glass, that perfect seared-crispy but meltingly-chewy at the same time crust. The Flaumbay is my favorite -- pepperoni, green pepper, pungent slivered garlic, and pineapple.

      Also there's 56E, in Casa Paloma, which is also technically Chandler. Good for wine, "martinis", small plates, and well-crafted entrees. Try the skirt steak appetizer or the brie plate with pears, mesclun, and red pepper hummus. Luscious!

      1. While technically not in Ahwatukee, Kai at Wild Horse Pass Sheraton Resort is a knockout for a special meal. The restaurant is located at a resort on the Gila Indian Reservation and some maps refer to this area as Phoenix while others cite Chandler. It is south of Chandler easily accesible from I-10.

        1. I'll second the Va Bene recommendation. The food is wonderful, though the last time we were there the noise made it impossible to carry on a conversation. Excellent service as well, if I recall correctly. I think Rice Box is gone, or at least the name on the sign has changed. I'll also mention Z'Tejas and Arriba's, two semi-chains that are mentioned here quite often, and with good reason. They both have very good food. Havana Cafe was marvelous, but be warned that there have been some recent poor reports. If they have fixed their recent downturn, they have very good Cuban food.

          1. I'm a big fan of Va Bene; they offer excellent appetizers (the scallops, shrimp, and calamari), pasta, and meat (especially the lamb) combined with great service in a very nice restaurant. Dessert used to be their weakness, but the chocolate tortuffo fixed that.