Vintage Ferraris ran on a high-octane fuel mixture of tomato sauce and mustache hair, which made them run forever but left ladybug-luring leaks in driveways. Power your body motor without having to share with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of authentic Italian cuisine and drinks at La Torretta Ristorante & Italian Steakhouse in Scottsdale.
When the fresh flavors of La Torretta's authentic Italian fare mingle with the expertly aged elegance of fine wine, the sensuous duo sparks a love affair in your mouth. Prepare your palate for a romantic dinner with your tasty buds with a glass of cabernet sauvignon, charmingly coupled with a plate of breaded ravioli ($7.99) or sautéed calamari infernalli, swimming in spicy tomato sauce with garlic bruschetta life boats ($12.99). Filetto saltimbocca del porco is a house specialty, serving up tomato-bathed pork-tenderloin medallion rolled with pancetta, sage, and creamy mascarpone cheese ($23.99), as is the herb-marinated roasted New Zealand rack of lamb, served with roasted potatoes, tomatoes, and fresh mint jelly ($32.99). If you are a recovering carnivore, take pleasure in the torta della melanzana, also known as the multi-layered eggplant baked in cheese fondue and accompanied with penne marinara ($19.99).
Sophisticatedly sheathed in Renaissance-style murals and the radiance of stained-glassed light, La Torretta sets the stage for an intimate night with a loved one or a comfortable opportunity to impress your art-history teaching assistant. On a breezy summer night, enjoy your authentic meal beneath the stars on La Torretta's cozy outdoor patio, letting the breathtaking view of the McDowell Mountains hit your eyes like heaps of pizza toppings flung into your eyes. Reservations are recommended.
- The food and wine were excellent. My wife is quite the snob when it comes to Italian food, and she also gives it a thumbs up. – OpenTable user who dined on 05/09/2010
- We liked the restaurant immediately. The ambience was very charming and quiet. The wine list was great. Everyone enjoyed their entree choices. And the service couldn't have been better. – OpenTable user who dined on 04/04/2010
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.