The spaghetti western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of western-less spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $50 worth of gourmet Italian fare at Cielo Restaurant at the Hotel Theodore in Scottsdale. The clean lines of the white dining room highlight the rich red of marinara and roasted tomatoes in pasta dishes and on handmade pizzas. Savor the lombarda pizza with baked egg, mozzarella, leeks, and sweet fennel sausage ($16); the fruits-of-the-sea ravioli with shellfish-mousse-filled egg-dough ravioli, white-truffle essence, and lobster brodo ($14); or the pistachio-pesto-marinated lamb loin with ricotta gnocchi, a mizuna and frisee salad, and a kalamata olive puree ($24). Patrons sit by a glowing fire as they sip from a selection of more than 20 types of wine, cognac, and cordials, and contemplate the penetrating nature of the soothing liquids. Cielo is open daily for breakfast and dinner; breakfast options include omelettes, pancakes, cereals, and southwestern burritos.
- We were off to a good start and were even more happy with the braised oxtail tortelli with tomato sugo and parmesan crema. This pasta plate was our favorite of the evening. The oxtail meat was melt-in-your-mouth tender while the pasta was sturdy and hearty. – Arizona Foothills
- For the entree, I had the Sea Bass, which was perfectly cooked. The chef left the skin on, and it gave the fish a crispy outer texture which was both unusual and tasty. My husband ordered the duck egg papardelle with braised short ribs. His dish was delectable, and I definitely had entree envy. – Sara L., Yelp