Urban Italian in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale makes for great lunchtime fare. This simple, modern establishment off Indian School Road is all about the best ingredients and fresh and innovative urban Italian dishes in an atmosphere that is open and vibrant.
Known for its live music and great nighttime menu, Tommy V’s translates beautifully in the daylight as an equally bustling hot spot with dishes that are reminiscent of evening options. The menu is full of combinations from light and healthy salads to truly creamy and flavorful pastas and entrées. Start with the Chef’s Board, which is made up of artisan meats and cheeses and is a refreshing way to begin the experience. The Carpaccio Tenderloin is the traditional thinly sliced tenderloin beef under a bed of arugula, shaved parmesan and drizzled with a citrus-caper aioli.
Not to miss is the Bistro Tender & Panzanella Salad with grilled beef tenderloin, drizzled with balsamic reduction and tossed in a Chianti mustard vinaigrette with tomatoes, red onions, olives, romaine and croutons. There are numerous other salads, from the traditional to the whimsical, that include seafood, fruits and vegetables. Then there are the pasta and risotto dishes, so well-prepared and delicious, with plenty to choose from — including the Penne Vodka made with chicken in a vodka tomato cream sauce. The Risotto Carbonara is perhaps the best dish in the place, with the braised pancetta, sweat peas and Parmigiano. Heavier dishes include the Braised Short Ribs and an assortment of burgers and paninis.
If wine at lunch appeals, then this is the place. There’s an impressive array of labels by the glass and knowledgeable servers to advise on the wine as well as the food and specials of the day.
7303 E. Indian School Rd., Scottsdale