The chefs at Amarsi Ristorante handcraft every sauce on the menu, from the lemon-white-wine sauce that adds brightness to veal piccata to the classic marinara that preps meatballs to be shot through a cannon. The from-scratch condiments contribute to the traditional menu?s appeal, which was summed up in Tucson Weekly when the restaurant was described as ?one of those places where I wish the company would spring for more than just two visits.? Servers?all of whom boast at least 20 years of industry experience?are happy to recommend pairings from Amarsi Ristorante?s ample wine list. As diners sup, their eyes can wander from crisp white tablecloths topped with fresh flowers and candles to views of the mountains outside.
At J. Marinara's, chefs create Old World dishes that showcase East Coast Italian ingredients such as aromatic garlic and sweet tomatoes. Dining posses grab a seat by the fireplace or sip on a selection from the full bar at J. Marinara's outdoor dining area. If a single plate of pasta ignites a newfound culinary fixation, ask a server about take-home bottles of their housemade sauce, available for purchase and a flavorful complement to any bare linguine or minimalist wall hanging.
Offering scenic views of Tucson and the surrounding area, the Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley sky ride (a $9 value for adults and a $5 value for children) allows lounging adventurers to kick back and catch a bird’s-eye view of nature’s bounty without lassoing an albatross. Each sky ride to the summit takes approximately 30 minutes and covers approximately one mile. Departing from an 8,200-foot base, sky riders will climb nearly 1,000 feet into the clouds while soaking in views of the Reef of Rocks, San Pedro Valley, and the mountains of Globe and Phoenix in the distance. Along the way, scan the surroundings for golden eagles, wild turkeys, and more than 200 species of birds, as well as black bears, mountain lions, white-tailed deer, and dodos.
The sweet-tooth satisfiers at Blue Banana Frozen Yogurt swirl kosher-certified frozen yogurt and hand-mix a rotating spread of gelatos and sorbets to stock a build-your-own dessert bar. Unlike molten yogurt, which wilts healthful probiotics and cultures, frozen YoCream ($0.39/ounce) keeps cultures active with figure skating and ice-sculpture competitions. Every morning, skilled staff mix gelato and sorbets from scratch, alternating flavors such as apple pie, chocolate hazelnut, heath bar, and blood red orange. Cravers sprinkle bowls with a medley of toppings before enjoying mountain views on outdoor tables or soaking up sunshine and conversations about how smug mountains can be within Blue Banana Frozen Yogurt's cheery shop.
Donna DiFiore's metaphorical journey into the restaurant business began with an actual journey. When her friend Elissa told her she was going on a road trip across the country from her hometown in chilly Massachusetts, Donna agreed to join—unaware that she was about discover her life's calling and a new home.
When the women stopped in Tucson, Donna didn't want to leave. As she explained to reporters from Tucson Weekly, "I arrived here—it was Halloween Eve in '76—and everybody was wearing shorts, and it was just gorgeous." Donna took a job at a local eatery, working the floor, serving customers, and eventually rising to the head of the restaurant.
Thirty-eight years later, Donna continues to captain Delectables, which has become a bit of an iconic gathering spot for old and young alike. Returning visitors linger over glasses of wine at the rustic wooden bar, reminiscing over the crème brûlée and live jazz they enjoyed from that very same spot years ago. University students bask beneath the lush foliage of the outdoor patio, awaiting meals of Mexican enchiladas, Italian pastas, and French bistro specialties. Chefs bustle about the kitchen seven days a week, beginning each day by whipping up hearty egg breakfasts before moving onto internationally inspired lunches and dinners. Late in the night on Friday and Saturday, they simmer up an after-dark menu of eclectic nibbles and entrees.
The restaurant is housed in a historical, renovated Harley-Davidson showroom and abounds with unusual knickknacks and antiques, from a cash register from an old hotel in Santa Cruz to a walk-in refrigerator from 1898. Many of the wares and coffee mugs were created by local artists, and the mesquite planks that serve as plates were carved by local craftsmen. The airy space plays hosts to special events throughout the week, including live music from local artists, poetry slams with local poets, and boxing matches between local librarians.
A stay at Arizona Inn places you in the heart of Tucson, convenient to University of Arizona and Arizona Stadium. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Center for Creative Photography and Arizona Stadium.
Make yourself at home in one of the 95 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Windows open to pool and garden views. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while iPod docking stations and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature makeup/shaving mirrors and complimentary toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
DonÃât miss out on the many recreational opportunities, including outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a sauna. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar and a garden view. You can also stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a poolside bar.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in Tucson? This hotel has 5000 square feet (465 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.