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May 22, 2007 09:10 PM

Italian memory in Tucson-Can you help?

I need some help....a couple summers ago I ate at this great italian place in Tucson. Next week I am returning and would love to eat at the same place, but I can not remember the name or exactly how to get there. The place was in the 'northern' part of town and I seem to remember that it was in front of or next to a ?hotel?. It was not a huge place but also not a hole in the wall. They had great wine (probably the reason I don't remember the name) and super food. Any ideas?

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  1. "Great Italian place in Tucson" I immediately think of Vivace. Located in St. Philip's Plaza - Campbell and River Road. And there is a hotel next to their building. And, of course, super food!

    1. My best guess is also Vivace.

      1. Rosey,

        Tell me a bit about the hotel... was it a resort, or a stand-alone business hotel? Big or small?

        Also, tell me a bit about the meal. Do you remember if the wine list was small, with many outstanding bottles, or voluminous? Was the menu a pasti/primi/secundi style Italian affair, or a more traditional appetizers/salads/entree's American menu?

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        1. re: Booklegger451

          The hotel was a stand alone business hotel. The 'chain' type hotels--semi large. Someone whom I was with order the wine so I never looked at the list--as for the menu it was not your spaghetti and meatballs type menu. Does that help?

          1. re: noseyrosey

            Sure does. I have a couple of suspects. I'm going to see if I can't track down (or take) pictures.

            1. re: noseyrosey

              On the North side, near chain business hotels, these restaurants come to mind:


              Michelangelo (though, as I recall, this IS a spaghetti and meatball type Italian place... but it's been years since I was there)

              Tavolino (Maybe... it's in a strip mall, with hotels about a half mile both north and south)

              Vivace (by the Windmill Inn at St Phillips... not really a chain business hotel, but close enough for memory)

          2. I remain confident that you are remembering Vivace. Do yellow faux painted walls and "old world" pieces of furniture register with you? A beautiful bar with wines hanging from racks on the walls?

            Bottom line: even if Viace is not the place you recall, you won't go wrong there at all!!!

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            1. re: lawyerbriefs

              Certainly, if someone took you there specifically, especially to impress you, Vivace would be the place.

            2. Your description (north, near hotel) sounds like Vivace's which serves northern Italian food and very highly recommended.