Tucson Italian Suggestions
Heading to Tucson this weekend to run the marathon. I'm looking for upscale Italian in the north part of town near the El Conquistador Hotel. Suggestions?
Also, I'm a big fan of tacos al pastor. We'll have a car so we can drive to wherever- if it's worth it.
While I'm at it, what are the "must see's" as far as touristy things- i.e. Biosphere etc...
Because distance is relative in Tucson ... I would say a drive to Vivace is worth it for Italian. Vivace is at Campbell and River (go south on Oracle to Campbell – I think it’s about 6 miles from the El Conquistador, then turn left and it’s another 2 miles to Campbell. Vivace is on the NE corner). Probably not much more than a 15 minute drive, but well worth it. Search Tucson on the board and you will find plenty of rec’s for Vivace. This all being said – I really like Gavi as well, just not sure it hits the mark on the “upscale” part of your request.
My rec is Primo, Melissa Kelly's restaurant at the StarrPass Marriott Resort. Each dinner I've had there beat out Vivace's hands down.
Biosphere is no longer, I've heard. Why not go to Kartchner Caverns, just an hour out of town? Make reservations online first, though - they limit the # of visitors in order to preserve the caves: http://www.explorethecaverns.com/cave.html
Our favorite tourist spot is the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (more of a zoo/botanical garden than a museum, per se), and the Ocotillo Restaurant is worth checking out: http://www.desertmuseum.org/
Bisbee is a nice long day trip - lots of fun shops and history.
And there's Kitt Peak: http://www.noao.edu/kpno/
Thanks for the suggestions. Vivace is full anyway. We were thinking about Kitt Peak since my friends live down in Sierra Vista. We are definitely going to the desert museum. We really loved the one in Phoenix.
Oh only if we had a few more days and my legs weren't going to be so sore....