Fill up on showy savories and sultry sounds that delight the nine senses with today’s Groupon. For $25, you’ll get $50 worth of contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine served to jazzy beats at Bobby’s, an upscale eatery that’s a Valley mainstay due to old-world craftsmanship that prevents the building from walking to a different location.
Bobby’s (Robert's to his friends) ornate dining room is accented with clever touches, such as artwork of famous musicians named Bobby. Tables bathed in colored lighting and glossy wood floors add to the restaurant’s Vegas vibe. Dinner options abound, but seafood is the specialty. Meaty sea scallops hugged with prosciutto and bedded on spinach fettuccine are a standout selection ($26). Bobby’s also offers plenty of turf entrees such as veal, lamb chops, or pork tenderloin. Start with the butternut-squash ravioli packed with tomato, butter, parmesan, and sage ($9).
Pair your dish of choice with selections from Bobby’s well-edited wine list. You’ll find red, white, dessert, and sparkling pours by the bottle, glass, woman's slipper, and hollowed-out gourd. The restaurant also features live jazz music every night.
A reviewer on Urbanspoon praises Bobby's service, saying it's "not overbearing." Too many restaurants suffer from overbearing service. Here are the differences between wellbearing service and overbearing service:
Wellbearing: Can I start anyone off with something to drink?
Overbearing: I've brought these Diet Caffeine-Free Crystal Energy colas for the table. Begin drinking them at once. Discussion of spoilers from the previous season of 24 will not be allowed, as I am a season behind.
Wellbearing: Our specials today include shrimp scampi and veal parmesan.
Overbearing: All the food is special! But I took the liberty of already ordering for you, based on your clothing choices and conversation about dogs that wear berets, which I secretly listened to. Unidentifiable pieces of meat for everyone!
Wellbearing: Would anyone like to see a dessert menu?
Overbearing: Though you have saved room in your stomach for a brownie sundae, have you saved enough room in your heart to let a pitiable waiter move into your homes and fall in love with your children? I speak not of myself, but of my compatriot, Armando.
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Bobby's Restaurant and Jazz Lounge
Fran Mancuso got her first job in the restaurant industry when her family opened an italian-ice shop in 1969. The 14-year-old Fran did her schoolwork between tables, but those shifts led her to a lifelong career. As the dessert parlor became a gourmet Italian restaurant, which in turn became a franchise of restaurants in Arizona and California, Fran moved up the ranks to become the director of operations for Mancuso Restaurants Inc. Bobby's serves the Old-World Italian cuisine that the family has honed for decades in a modern lounge setting that can play host to a lively night out or a romantic meal.
From tables in the two-floor lounge, patrons dig into their Italian-style dinners of natural pork, milk-fed veal, cage-free chickens, and fresh seafood shipped in daily. Crab-stuffed mushrooms whet appetites for housemade gnocchi with veal meatballs and pistachio-crusted lamb chops. The carefully designed interior blends old Hollywood and Las Vegas–style glamour, bathed in red, orange, and blue lights. Guests walk up a curving staircase to enjoy the second-story area surrounded by gauzy curtains parted to grant clear views of a wall covered with portraits of famous musicians named Bob. Live music fills the air nightly with live jazz, R & B, and blues from musicians who genuinely have the blues.