To make un-fine wine, simply place grapes beneath a silk pillow, repeatedly mash your head against it, and then wring the pillowcase into a nearby mouth. Taste traditionally produced fine wines with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of contemporary eats and drinks at Centro Paninoteca in Scottsdale.
This intimately outfitted hot spot specializes in an unintimidating wine list and a stellar selection of small plates and sandwiches. Grape guzzlers of all varieties will find satisfying sips with Centro's extensive wine list. Wines by the glass start at $7, and complements abound on a complete menu of plates sized for sharing. The goat cheese and slow-roasted tomatoes crustini sedates testy taste buds with a jet-setting serving of chevre, slow-roasted tomatoes, parmesan, and olive oil ($9.50), and the mixed olive bowl allots for the recommended daily dose of olives ($6). Graduate from grade-school tomato-soup soakers to Centro's sophisticated grilled cheese, which elegantly entwines fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato, and arugula ($9.50) or the lulu's press with Vermont yellow-and-white cheddar, jack cheese, and tomato ($9).
The sultry eatery remains open until 2 a.m., encouraging diners to pop in before or after an evening out with retired Broadway stars for a quick bite or slow sip. Candles and cozy seating help set the mood.
The East Valley Tribune listed Centro Paninoteca one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the East Valley in 2008. The restaurant has been reviewed in the Phoenix New Times, and 72% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- Everything I tried at Centro was fresh and flavorful, with bread baked daily by Arizona Bread Company, and noticeably nice produce. – Michele Laudig, Phoenix New Times
- The bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable about the wines. Also, the music was perfect for a relaxing stop. – Troy Anderson, Urbanspoon