If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Celebrate mealtime mischief with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a prix fixe dinner at Calistro California Bistro in Scottsdale (up to a $45 value).
Master chef and bistro owner Devin Walsh specializes in creating seasonally pertinent dishes using a farm-to-table approach. Each prix fixe meal pulls selections from the dinner menu, beginning with a choice of house, caesar, and fruit pop tart salads, or the summer gazpacho, a chilly concoction that defies the temperatures of its soupy peers along with sidekicks of jicama salad and cherry tomatoes. A quartet of entrees await selection in the next satiation stage, led by the dulcet tones of a pasta bolognese and the sweet soprano of the vegetarian plate, a selection of local greens and ricotta ravioli smothered in a mango sauce. The pork roast basks in chimichurri sauce and sweet-potato mash, and the seasonal fish splashes in sofrito and sweet-pepper piperade, two dishes bonded by their near-perfect handwriting and ability to be prepared gluten-free. The taste-bud tour ends with a scoop of locally made artisanal ice cream.
A wood-burning oven, open kitchen, and impressive wine display highlight the wood-laced and low-lit modern décor. Calistro's drink menu is riddled with reds, whites, cocktails, and beer, though these liquid delicacies are not included with this Groupon.
Though Calistro California Bistro sometimes features a discounted price on their prix fixe meal, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
18221 N Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255