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Quiet Sunday dinner in Tempe (Phoenix) area

bortukan Mar 12, 2008 11:59 AM

I'd love recommendations for a quiet dinner with colleagues on a Sunday night, in Tempe or the nearby parts of the Phoenix metro area. Would prefer moderately priced ($15 per entree or less), "simple" food (meat and potatoes type things, or perhaps Italian) in a place where we can hear each other talk, preferably not a national chain. (House of Tricks was my first choice, but they're closed Sundays). I normally go for spicy or unusual food, so this is tough for me!

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  1. HomeCookKirsten RE: bortukan Mar 12, 2008 12:26 PM

    Caffe Boa on Mill might fit the bill...perhaps a bit too expensive, but lovely.

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      sistinas RE: bortukan Mar 12, 2008 02:00 PM

      I'd suggest Rula Bula on Mill for good, reasonably-priced meat & potatoes fare, but given that it's an Irish bar and it's the day before St. Patrick's I don't know how quiet it'll be.

      Perhaps Classic Italian Pizza in Tempe could work?

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        ziggylu RE: bortukan Mar 12, 2008 02:16 PM

        How about La Stalla in downtown Chandler? Too far to travel? Some entrees might be above the $15 mark but most pastas are in that range as are the pizzas.

        1. bortukan RE: bortukan Mar 13, 2008 09:51 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions! I'm leading towards Classic Italian Pizza (I peeked in the window yesterday and it does indeed look "simple!"), does anyone know if they take reservations?

          I like Caffe Boa's food, but the atmosphere isn't quite what I'm looking for (I liked their old, tiny place better). The pizza place also seems like a good location as 1 person will be coming into town on US 60, the other on I-10.

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            melcarr RE: bortukan Mar 13, 2008 02:03 PM

            I live very close to Classic Italian and have never had a problem getting a table just walking in. They also have tables outside and a bar in case there were a wait. We recently took 2 couples to CIP and they all raved about the food.

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