France has graciously loaned three things to America: flag colors, Gerard Depardieu, and words with a silent x. Savor the delicate succulence of that missing letter with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of fine cuisine at Voltaire Restaurant in Scottsdale. Nestled in Voltaire’s warm, comfortable, and decidedly romantic atmosphere, diners will relish the satisfyingly traditional menu. Specialties include roast duckling with orange sauce ($26) and a tender filet mignon smothered in béarnaise sauce ($33). Organic and locally grown ingredients make frequent appearances, but do not accept tips. Reviews of the restaurant emphasize elegant service and the well-executed menu. Voltaire's owner Martin Antonelli was named Best Renaissance Man 2009 by the Phoenix New Times for his expertise in cooking, poetry, and caviar sculptures of sitcom characters.
Though Voltaire sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
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.
8340 E McDonald Dr.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250Get Directions