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. Today's Groupon experiments with local and seasonal flavors. For $20, you get $50 worth of farm-fresh Mediterranean-flavored cuisine at Calistro Bistro. This North Scottsdale eatery, featured in Phoenix Magazine, creates recipes from local, organic, and sustainable ingredients.
Master chef and owner Devin Walsh specializes in creating seasonally pertinent dishes using a farm-to-table approach. The robust dinner menu starts with sociable shared plates such as the chicken sausage flatbread ($13), warm flatbread surrounded by house-made chicken sausage, fresh mozzarella, and a hearty helping of pomegranate barbecue glaze. Entrees include the "Doc Crosby" short ribs ($26), a tantalizing blend of locally raised beef braised in a red wine sauce with pommes puree, seasonal organic veggies, and topped with tongue-tickling horseradish breadcrumbs, and the organic vegetarian plate ($18), goat cheese ravioli roasted over a wood fire and organic veggies gently covered in a tangy sweet-pepper puree and blanketed with baby arugula. Calistro also caters to the midday foodist with an impressive lunch menu and an outdoor patio.
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. Sip a glass of Angeline Pinot Noir ($8) or bottle of Eel River Organic Amber ($6) while pondering how, according to science, in five years most proteins will be derived from decade-old beef-jerky sticks. Enjoy the superior tastes of refined farm-to-table cuisine before humanity is relegated to feeding on meals concocted in laboratories housed in old bowling alleys.
- With a strong farm-to-table concept, homey atmosphere and healthy twists, Calistro Bistro has quickly earned its bragging rights. – Carey Sweet, Phoenix
- Everything has a healthful spin and, to take things a step further, the restaurant is also a member of the Green Restaurant Association, using sustainable local wood for its oven and environmentally friendly cleaning products in the kitchen. – Michele Laudig, New Times
- I will definitely be visiting Calistro again! I want to go for a wine/appetizer/dessert night to be able to sample even more of their food. – Danielle S., Yelp
18221 N Pima Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255Get Directions