Stone and Vine's kitchen crew culls robust flavors and techniques from the traditional sculleries of southern Italy, adorning each classic dish found on the menu with a soupçon of modern flair. A crispy quartet of bruschetta crowned with a selection of savory dates and goat cheese, smoked salmon, or grilled eggplant ($12 for four) forges a toothsome preamble for palates craving the prosciutto panini’s melty mélange of fresh mozzarella, tomato, baby arugula, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil ($10).
Before there was Vito's Pizza and Italian Ristorante, there was Vito Carrieri, rocking gently on a boat to the United States from his home in Ripacandida, Italy. After casting anchor in Chicago—where he feasted on the city's pizza, helped get it elected mayor, and met his wife JoAnne—he packed his bags and family recipes, moved west with JoAnne and his kids, and opened Vito's Pizza and Italian Ristorante in 1986. Eschewing the Windy City’s deep-dish roots, the eatery's specialty taps into Chicago's less heralded thin-crust traditions, with dough dusted with imported Italian flour and topped with cheeses from Italy and Wisconsin. Those family recipes from Vito's bags are also put to good use, with Northern and Southern Italian specialties made with house-crafted marinara sauce and italian sausage.
Hawaiian Experience Spa welcomes visitors to relax and enjoy all the perks of a tropical vacation without the pricey plane ticket. Owners Steve and Cathy Ibach both studied Hawaiian lomi lomi massage in Maui and decided to bring the unique style to their massage studios in Scottsdale and Chandler. There, it plays a starring role on a menu of island-inspired treatments that include massages performed with hot sea shells or volcanic lava rocks and body scrubs and wraps that use Kaua'i clay and organic lavender grown in Maui. A centuries-old technique, the lomi lomi massage sees therapists incorporating their forearms as they run long strokes down the entire length of the body, massaging both the front and underside at once. To make the service extra-indulgent, Hawaiian Experience Spa's therapists can enhance the lomi lomi massage with coconut oil and sea salt or incorporate a special oil that helps fight cellulite and makes tight pants a cinch to slip into.
Each facility beams with a Hawaiian theme, from sand-colored furnishings and bamboo accents to a front desk modeled after a tiki bar. The friendly, relaxing atmosphere makes the spa a great place for parties. During parties, guests can enjoy snacks and music while enjoying their choice of treatments, including any type of massage or facials performed with ?minence organic skincare products.
Chefs at Nick’s Italian Restaurant’s three locations craft homemade pizzas and pastas that earned the eateries a nod in Scottsdale Airpark magazine. Providing both family-friendly and upscale dining environments, Nick’s draws in customers thanks to its gluten-free pasta and pizza options, its homemade tiramisu, and the fact that a bite of the restaurant's brick-oven-baked pizzas will give the power of speech to any dog or horse. Italian wines and daily sangria at the Phoenix location pair with popular dishes such as the margherita pizza and veal ossobuco.