Lorenzo’s Italian Restaurant's culinary whizzes craft a menu of family-style Italian fare from traditional and progressive, fusion-inspired recipes. Old World Italy and New Mexico seductively tango like mismatched police partners throughout the grilled chicken fettuccini Alfanso, festooned with sausage and green chili ($14.25 for full order). A dozen dynamite pasta preparations grace the dinner menu, as well as grilled rib-eye steak, served with mushrooms sautéed in merlot and a side of fettuccine alfredo ($23.25). Lunchtime yields a crew of 18 pizzas (starting at $11) to satiate stomachs, and half-portion lobster ravioli ($11.50) with lemon and butter sauce tickles tinier appetites. Lips sip on one of seven Italian sodas ($2.50), supplemented with whipped cream to mimic the experience of drinking a carbonated cloud.
The Lescombes family knows wine. As sixth-generation winemakers, Florent and Emmanuel Lescombes embrace a family legacy that spans decades and three continents. St. Clair Winery currently cultivates 180 acres of grapevines spread across the Pyramid Valley's high desert, land that Florent and Emmanuel's father, H?rve, initially sought out because of the climate's similarity to that of his home in Algeria. The warm, sun-drenched days and relatively cool nights allow clusters of cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, zinfandel, moscato, and other varietals to fully ripen while maintaining their natural acidity. These grapes are then used to help create more than 70 different wines produced under several labels, including everything from crisp, citrus-tinged whites to lush, silken reds with hints of French or American oak.
But the Lescombes family wasn't content to only share its wines in St. Clair's tasting room, so it also founded a handful of southwestern-inspired bistros that pair them with regionally focused comfort foods. The menus feature dishes such as burgers with flame-roasted hatch chilies and open-faced tuna melts with avocado and cilantro-lime mayo as well as a number of wines available by the flight, glass, bottle, or thimbleful.
The chefs at Mesilla Valley Kitchen don't play favorites when it comes to chilies. They smother their Mexican dishes in both red and green varieties, adding extra spice and color to burritos, quesadillas, and huevos rancheros. They split their passions elsewhere in the kitchen, too. Not content to only serve Mexican cuisine, they also plate up all-American classics such as giant cinnamon rolls, club sandwiches, and housemade potato chips.