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.
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.