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Nov 24, 2011 09:09 PM

Family Christmas Vacation...There's a kitchen but Mom wants a vacation too...

Our family will be spending 12/23-30 at the Westin Villas in North Scottsdale with 7 adults and 2 toddlers. They have kitchens but they are sparsely outfitted and no ovens (just microwave). We usually cook, but I am looking for some high quality catering at a good price so that we can bring food in some nights and Mom gets a vacation too. We won't be able to go out much with the little ones. We are all adventurous eaters - Mexican, Italian, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Chinese, You Name It - all OK, but Mom is a foodie so it must be good. This is my family we are talking about! Thanks for your help. Happy Holidays!

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  1. You'll be a few miles from one of the larger Whole Foods (7111 E Mayo). They have lots of prepared foods, not really cheap, though. I like The Persian Room, and they cater, according to their website. I'm sure there are many more options in the area. For groceries, I think you'll be very close to a Safeway, and there is a Trader Joes not too far away.

    Trader Joe's
    4821 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Persian Room
    17040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

    1. How far are you willing to travel?

      Nearby is Picazzo's (Scottsdale & Frank Lloyd Wright), which is a favorite of two sets of friends who also stay in time shares in that area. Large menu, good pizza & salads. (also very gluten free friendly)

      In the same complex as Picazzo's is Flo's Asian. I haven't been there in a very long time, but it's a local chain that has been pretty reliable in the past.

      Some of the best ravioli in town can be found at Tutti Santi at 90th & Mountain View (easily accessed via the 101).

      Agree with johnseberg about Persian Room, really delicious, interesting dishes that are also a great value given the portion sizes.

      Tutti Santi
      19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308

      Persian Room
      17040 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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      1. re: MesaChow

        I agree that Tutti Santi has great ravioli and everything else is superb. There is one almost within walking distance from the Westin @ 64th Street & Greenway or a 2 min car ride!

        1. re: claree

          I wasn't aware of that location - Even better!

      2. I like Super Dragon, if you like Chinese. They're on Northern Avenue - this is their yelp link
        They're not expensive, and they're really fast for pick up. I would definitely say they're kid-friendly, and as a college student... I am generally there weekly so I can vouch for consistency!

        1. Thanks everyone! Mom is also a law student (late bloomer) and just finished finals so am definitely up for not spending the whole week in the kitchen. I'll let everyone know what we find. I really appreciate the help.

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          1. re: jbbrainseed

            I've never been, but, inclined to try Nee House in that neighborhood.

            I also have lunch at Habanero's once in a while, which might be good for take-out. Carolina's on Cactus and Cave Creek is a little further away, a board favorite, and, perhaps easier to find.

            Carolina's Mexican North
            2126 E Cactus Rd Ste 100, Phoenix, AZ 85022

            Nee House
            13843 N Tatum Blvd Ste 17, Phoenix, AZ 85032

            Habanero's Mexican Grill
            14870 North Northsight Blvd, Suite 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85260