At Satara, chefs preps a plethora of seafood, chicken, and tofu dishes with authentic Thai sauces. Amid walls adorned with abstract and figurative artwork by Scottsdale artist Domingo Domingo, diners relish piquant curries prepared for omnivores, herbivores, and troubadours alike. Between bites ranging from mild to thai spicy, patrons can sip boutique wines fetched from both small and featured vineyards.
Paying homage to Old World wine cellars, WineStyles Peoria pleases palates with a rotating selection of up to 150 wines from around the world, stored in arched cubbyholes along the wall. During tastings, wine whizzes fill glasses with various shades of nectar, which duos or quartets can smell, taste, and dab over razor burn. Afterwards, newly educated guests can purchase some of the store's various bottles of wine, including the bold Educated Guess cabernet sauvignon ($19.99), the sweet Frisk riesling ($11.99), and the bright and fruity Isabel Mondavi deep rose ($15.99). During a private tasting party, groups of up to 10 people flock around a table to guzzle down spirited glasses of grape juice. Experienced staff members dole out sips from five different bottles of wine, each containing information on its characteristics as well as tips for food pairing and baseball-bat corking.
The cucina at Va Bene pampers palates with the authenticity and fresh flavors of classic Italian cuisine. Starters set tongues wagging with the pan-seared sea morsels served with pesto sauce and crostini in the scallops Va Bene ($12.95 dinner). The melanzane ripieni wets whistles for melodic grazies with baked eggplant dressed in mushrooms, squash, mozzarella, and homemade marinara ($6.50 lunch, $7.95 dinner). Dressed in herb-crust armor, the new york steak ($28.95 dinner) carries roasted potatoes and french beans at the ready to trounce hunger with a porcini-sauce body slam, and pollo alla pizzaiola douses chicken breast with fresh tomato, capers, and olives ($8.95 lunch, $15.95 dinner). Desserts ($6) incite sweet dreams and meaningful fork-collisions with tiramisu, New York–style cheesecake, and chocolate-espresso crème brûlée.
At My Wine Cellar, Le Cordon Bleu-educated chef Sarah Baer and in-house sommelier Katie Hallan team up to create a seasonally focused menu with boutique wine and craft beer pairings. Charcuterie and cheese share the menu with bistro-style snacks such as sweet potato chips with honey aioli and spicy crab dip, plus bruschettas, flatbreads, and sliders. The casual space includes a back patio with views of a golf course, and hosts various wine classes that teach students to appreciate different varietals, regional differences, and the rare, extra-chewy types of cork.