Simple laziness has spurred many culinary inventions, including the sandwich, the blender, and the pizza, which was invented as a way to wheel heavy ingredients from place to place. Transport your palate with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 of Italian fare from La Torretta.
La Torretta nurtures Old World Italian entrees and appetizers into culinary existence before releasing them into the wild of an elegant, modern dining space. A cut of Columbian delta salmon dunked in vodka-creme sauce ($20.99) navigates lines of penne pasta before riding the Splash Mountain of a diner's trachea, and lasagna al saltimbocca ($20.99) supports a ragú of veal, wild mushrooms, and prosciutto laid upon wide ribbons of handmade pasta. Delectable fresh-pressed paninis bear ingredients such as meatballs ($10.99) or chicken parmesean ($11.99) to sate noontime hankerings. A sizable selection of wines by the glass offers light to full-bodied pairings for diners to contemplate while gazing at the restaurant’s epic mural-adorned walls or listening to the vaguely sentient beeps of their cell phones.
La Torretta Ristorante
Visitors to La Torretta Ristorante are immediately confronted with visions of Old World Italy. Classical imagery permeates every inch, from a large mural depicting a lounging woman under the watch of joyful putti, to a stained-glass reproduction of Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam. The patio offers more naturalistic views of the McDowell Mountains, as well as nightly glimpses of the maintenance crew that flips the power-on switch for each sunset. The restaurant's bill of fare also appeals to traditionalists. House specialties include the New Zealand rack of lamb, served with roasted potatoes, tomatoes, and fresh mint jelly, as well as the pollo farcitio formaggio quattro—a boneless chicken breast that's stuffed with prosciutto, mascarpone, fontina, and gruyere and then doused in a marsala-mushroom demi-glaze. Grape sippers can pore over an expansive wine list, searching for the American or Italian bottle that includes the tastiest miniature ship.
16640 N Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85254