Like forging a diamond, making a panini involves applying both heat and pressure to strengthen the surface and melt the cheesy interior until it's fit for the hands of a loved one. Today's Groupon lavishes loving grill marks: for $15, you get $30 worth of bistro fare at Mumbles Place in Scottsdale.
Italian-inspired dishes with fresh ingredients and homemade sauces sate panini and piadina pinings alongside a multitude of drinks and regular live music performances at Mumbles Place. A number of bruschetta varieties ($6 for three), such as goat cheese and roasted peppers or prosciutto and gouda, tantalize taste buds on their own or act as a piquant preview to epic dish documentaries. Tortilla-based tastes lie in a number of piadinas (Italian-style quesadillas) ($5–$7) and wraps, such as the tender marinated flank steak surrounded by veggies and blue cheese crumbles in the Mumbles Crumbles ($10). Panini pros press a variety of innovative sandwiches into melty morsels, with selections such as the Italian, which teams an herbivorous trio of roma tomatoes, eggplant, and roasted red peppers with the salty punch of salami to balance out its flavors and teach it how to love.
A full espresso bar ($3–$3.75) enlivens minds while a selection of beers ($3–$4), wines ($4–$12), and cocktails let brains take breaks from hourly spoon-bending attempts. Live acoustic music performances Thursday–Sunday and karaoke on Wednesdays lavish dishes with groovy accompaniment, and the outdoor patio allows diners to enjoy their eats alfresco.