After he took the throne, Napoleon instituted the tradition of serving bread with every meal to put his mother's baguette-heavy care packages to use. Indulge in French tradition with today's Groupon: for $20, get $40 worth of upscale French fare and drinks at Voltaire Restaurant in Scottsdale.
Chef David sculpts classic renditions of fine Gallic cuisine in Voltaire Restaurant's kitchen as diners bask beneath muted lighting and cream-hued walls. Guests peruse the menu, where filet mignon béarnaise's cut of tenderloin ($33) slumbers beneath a cloak of butter and herbs like a hibernating maitre d'. Grenoble-style veal festoons cutlets with lemon butter and capers ($28), and veal marsala dons a sauté of mushrooms and rich sauce ($28). Pair a glass from Voltaire's sprawling wine list with le poulet en croute ($25), a puff pastry that the chef fills with chicken, creamed spinach, and love letters from clouds for maximum tenderness. The Voltaire martini ($10.50) showboats across the cocktail list, flaunting Bombay Sapphire and Chambord lineage accented by crème de cacao and chocolate shavings.
Voltaire French Restaurant
Sure Voltaire French Restaurant’s executive chef David Antonelli worked in several New York eateries, but he really got his skills in the kitchen from his uncle. That family spirit must have been impressed upon the chef, because today Antonelli keeps his restaurant a family affair, running the eatery together with wife Lydia and father Martin. Together, they produce a menu of fine French-style cuisine that follows the classic formula of meat, sauce, and side. Proteins can include veal, mussels, and fine cuts of steak. Lydia recommends le poulet en croute, a chicken breast with cream of spinach baked inside a puff pastry. The recipe was created especially for her by her husband, and it is not coincidental that the pastry serves as an excellent hiding place for diamonds.
The restaurant’s servers aren’t slouches either. The highly skilled staff adds to the restaurant’s appeal by boning freshly baked fish or flambéing desserts tableside. The skill and preparation put into the menu have not gone unnoticed, earning Voltaire French Restaurant the U.S. Commerce Association’s Best of Scottsdale in the French Restaurants category for five years running.