The perfect food-and-wine pairing is like the fateful meeting of destined lovers, best celebrated with a tiny mock wedding presided over by a curmudgeonly pepper mill with a heart of gold. Combine cuisine and wine the way nature intended with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seasonal cuisine and seasoned sips at elle wine bistro.
More than 50 varieties of vino (starting at $6/glass) reside in elle's wine cellar, providing proper accompaniment to a menu of fresh, seasonal fare that changes three times a year and showcases many organic and locally sourced fruits, veggies, and herbs. Wet your esophageal whistle with some elegant gulps of fine fermented juice, paired with a plate of crispy fried calamari ($7 for a petite portion or $11.50 for a full) or fried brie topped with spiced green-apple chutney and roasted garlic ($11.50). Mussels steamed in white wine, garlic, green curry, coconut, and lemon grass ($9.50 petite, $15 full) keep customers close to the grapey goodness in between quaffs, and entrees such as the zatar-crusted New Zealand rack of lamb ($19.50 petite, $30 full) indulge the desires of taste buds bitten by the travel bug. The butternut-squash ravioli ($12 petite, $17.75 full) caters to vegetarians with a meat-free mix of spinach, sliced mushrooms, and sage-brown-butter sauce and accommodates comedians through a willingness to listen to innumerable jokes. All pastas and most entrees can be ordered in full or petite portions.
The bistro's shimmering cocoon of obsidian bottles lends an elegant backdrop to date night and a handsome stage on which cuisine can perform Shakespeare's histories. If it's one of those rare days in Tucson when it is not raining men, opt to catch a breeze as you shoot the breeze with a friend out on the spacious patio.
- The house-made gnocchi took top honors of the items we enjoyed followed closely by a chimichuri steak salad. – Michael Luria, Inside Tucson Business
- I would say the squash ravioli is their signature dish and is outstanding. The appetizer plate was nicely presented and tasty. Service was prompt and organized. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 1/14/2011
2970 N Campbell
Tucson, Arizona 85719