Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Noshing Tucson: Change, New, Wine, Green, Sweet

Name Change: The Loop
The restaurant formerly known as Uno Grill has disenfranchised to become a locally owned independent restaurant called The Loop/A Taste of Chicago. According to the nice gentleman who answered the phone, the restaurant has the same owners and the same great food but now has more flexibility over the menu.

The deep dish pizza is gone but will return in October. Other pizzas and burgers remain as well as some new menu items like the Chicago dog, steamed mussels, salad Caprese, entrees, and pastas. The Loop is located at 10180 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley; 878-0222.

Coming Soon: Monkey Business Eatertainment
Chimps have not had good PR lately. Hopefully, by the time this Marana family oriented restaurant opens, all that will be forgotten. According to an ad on Craig’s List, they are looking for professional and reliable cooks for pizza, prep, line and fry, also dishwashers. You can also apply in person any time during the day at 8579 N. Silverbell.

March 6: VinTabla Wine Tasting
Join master sommelier Laura Williamson as she pours outstanding wines from Italy that are still great prices. The $10 wine tasting will highlight some of her favorites  including  indigenous Arneis from Piemonte, Dry Late Harvest Verdicchio from the Marche, Aglianico from Campania, Tuscan Sangiovese from Chianti Classico, and Montepulciano from the base of Mt Ancona in the Marche.  If you like one of the pours and must have, discounted special retail prices are available on this day only from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  No reservations necessary.   

March 8: Wearing of the Green Foods
To the ever growing sustainability masses, green is in but to the Irish, it’s always been the color of choice. This Sunday, March 8, 2 to 5 p.m., come on down to Maynards Market patio for an Irish Stew Cook-Off contest and listen to some lively live music while you mingle, taste, and vote. Chefs from Tucson’s restaurants vie against confident home cooks as they brew up corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and more. The event costs $10 and proceeds go towards putting on the Tucson St. Patrick’s Parade. Maynards is located in the Historic Train Depot.

Sweet Nothings
This week at JaxKitchen, the London cheesecake will be served. According to a source who ate there, the London version has a layer of cream cheese on top of the already creamy layer of cheesecake mixture. Oh, those Brits. Who knew?

Send your Tucson/southeast Arizona food/restaurant news to Karyn Zoldan

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