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Mar 1, 2007 11:55 AM

phx: Rancho Pinot - Not mentioned much. Why?


I've seen a lot of suggestions about local restaurants and no one ever mentions Rancho Pinot. I'm curious as to why - the food is fantastic, the owners are native Phoenicians, and it's cute old school AZ quirky cowgirl chic.

Has it been around so long it's just not on people's radar? It's one of my fav's, and I'd go back in a second.

I'm just curious.


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  1. Love the Nonni's chicken...@ Ranch Pinot!

    1. I used to be intrigued by this place, but I got turned off when I saw a very prominent "no substitutions" message printed on the menu. I seldom substitute items, but when I see a message like that, it sends the message that the restaurant wants customers to do business on its terms, rather than vice-versa.

      Interestingly, I no longer see the message on the Web site menu today, so maybe the attitude has mellowed. The menu does look appealing.

      1. You're right! Rancho Pinot is great and I always forget about it. We last ate there two years ago. We had a great meal, the waiter was fantastic and we tried a new pinot we loved and they let us purchase 6 bottles at very reasonable retail price before we left. Thanks for reminding me.


        1. Interesting topic!

          I recall all the wine people and foodies in the early 2000's very into it and I loved it every time I went. Has it changed ownership/chefs more than once since then, or is it still same ownership? I ask because I haven't been back since (gasp) 2000 I think?

          1. Rancho Pinot is one of our favorite places.

            Their Nonni's Chicken with a glass of Caymus Conundrum is one of my favorite Saturday night dinners. We used to go once a month until the baby...