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Medical marijuana dispensary opens in Glendale

Arizona’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary is to open in Glendale two years after voters approved the use of the drug to treat certain health problems such as chronic pain and cancer.

The Glendale dispensary is among 96 applicants chosen through a lottery system for 126 geographic areas across the state.

While the law allows medical marijuana applicants to also seek growing authorizations, that right will end when a dispensary opens within 25 miles of where a patient lives. The Glendale site’s opening will mean the end of legal growing for everyone in Phoenix.

Arizona Organix was set for its grand opening Thursday morning.

Earlier this week, a state judge ruled that Arizona’s medical marijuana law is constitutional and that federal drug laws don’t stand in the way of public officials implementing it.

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Glendale CVB Rising in the West

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Cities like Glendale, Peoria, Goodyear, Surprise, and the other 14 cities that make up the West Valley are capitalizing on the rapid expansion of tourism and hospitality amenities — particularly spring training baseball facilities and other sports-related events — to grab a bigger share of the $18 billion that Arizona’s 37 million annual visitors spend.

As tourism in the West Valley continues to grow, the Glendale Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) is playing a bigger and more vital role to help drive visitors to West Valley hospitality businesses.

“The region provides the local and out-of-state traveler with an experience like no other,” says Lorraine Pino, Glendale CVB manager. “We are home to nine Cactus League spring training teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix International Raceway, Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium, great outdoor festivals, historic districts in each of our cities, performing arts centers and unique shopping venues. And, of course, you can be an astronaut for the day at our Challenger Space Center.”

Despite this diverse range of attractions, tourism is a relatively new industry in the West Valley. As a result, not every community in the area is equipped to implement independent marketing and promotion initiatives. Glendale CVB organizes and facilitates these initiatives, partnering with more than 100 restaurants, shopping malls, sports facilities, resorts and hotels, and service organizations.

“We work closely with our hotels — such as the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa, Wigwam Resort, Hilton Garden Inn Avondale and many more — to provide lead generation and conference assistance,” Pino says.

Glendale CVB also serves as a liaison to large-scale entertainment such as Cirque du Soleil, which was held at University of Phoenix Stadium this summer, and mammoth events such as the Super Bowl, which will return to Glendale in 2015.

“When the Super Bowl was last held in Glendale in 2008, the Glendale CVB was not yet in existence,” Pino says. “But now that our bureau is in place for the 2015 game, the region will be in a better position to capture a greater share of visitor spending.”

Economists estimate that hosting a Super Bowl has an economic impact of $300 million-$500 million on the region.

“In addition, realizing that this mega event impacts the entire metro area and several destinations statewide, the Glendale CVB will be working with other tourism and hospitality organizations throughout the Valley to ensure that we provide the greatest fan experience possible, and to host the best Super Bowl possible,” Pino says.

By the end of 2012, Glendale will welcome yet another visitor destination when the Tanger Outlets Westgate is completed. The 328,000-square-foot retail development will feature 85 brand-name outlet stores and is expected to bring an additional 5 million-6 million annual visitors to the area.

With economic growth in the West Valley expected to continue its upward trend for years to come, Pino insists that communities must work together to realize the greatest benefit from an increasing number of visitors.

“It’s important that we all work together and pool our resources to achieve economies of scale,” Pino says. “This is the very reason the Glendale CVB came into existence: to serve as a regional organization to promote and showcase the 14 West Valley cities and to bring tourism business to the area. This regional approach is what will be needed for our hospitality businesses to continue to grow.”

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Tribe Scores Legals Win In Bid To Build Casino In Glendale

An Arizona tribe with plans to build a casino and resort on property it purchased near Glendale scored a key victory Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled that the U.S. Department of Interior rightfully awarded reservation status to a section of the land.

The 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals issued a split decision rejecting arguments by the city of Glendale that the property is ineligible for such status because it falls within its corporate limits. The property is an unincorporated island of Maricopa County and bordered on three sides by Glendale.

Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. characterized the lawsuit that challenged the U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to award reservation status in 2010 as another delaying tactic.

“Just as courts and federal agencies have done eight straight times before, the 9th Circuit weighed the arguments and then ruled in the nation’s favor,” he said in a statement. “The court reaffirmed today that when the federal government makes a commitment to Native peoples, it will stand by those commitments.”

At issue was whether federal law permitted the tribe to convert the property it quietly purchased in 2003 into an Indian reservation, which would strip authority from state and local officials who argued the casino project clashes with zoning and state laws.

Federal law generally bars gambling on reservations created after 1988, but there are a few exceptions.

The tribe purchased the property with congressionally allocated money it was given after a federal government dam caused extensive flooding of its original reservation.

Glendale, the state of Arizona and another tribe had sued to overturn the DOI decision. A spokeswoman for the city and for the state Attorney General’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

About 30,000 people live within two miles of where the casino is to be erected.

The tribe still faces other legal and regulatory challenges in building a casino. Opponents, including other tribes, contend the Tohono O’odham Nation went “reservation shopping” with the government’s money and shouldn’t be allowed to turn just any piece of property it purchases into a reservation and then a casino the size of the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Valentine's Day Events 2012

Valentine's Day Events 2012

Not sure what to do this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a list of Valentine’s day ideas with restaurants and events that are sure to make your date unforgettable.

Table for Two at Different Pointe of View

Valentine's Day Events 2012Why settle this Valentine’s Day for a traditional indoor restaurant when you can have breathtaking views and exceptional cuisine at Different Pointe of View? Enjoy a five-course meal with your choice from four delicious entrée options: Cedar River Grilled Filet Mignon, Pan-seared Pacific Cobia, Citrus-scented Olive Oil Poached Main Lobster, or Seared Muscovy Duck Breast. For dessert, Different Pointe of View is offering a choice between Chocolate Temptation and traditional Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee.

Call (602) 866-6350 for reservations.
5 p.m. seating: $99
5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. seating: $110
Wine pairings are an additional $40 per person

Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix
(602) 866-6350
differentpointeofview.com

Pamper Yourself with Rich Treatments of Wine, Roses and Romance

Treat yourself (and your sweetheart) this Valentine’s day with one of the following decadent choices offered by Jurlique Spa at FireSky Resort:

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The Tuscan Wine Therapy Body Treatment — a wine-drenched Italian decadence, featuring a mix of Mediterranean olive oil, crushed grape seeds, blackberry fibers and red wine, it’s available for $125 per person for 60 minutes, including gratuity (regularly $150).

The Rose Harmony Duo pairs a rose-petal soak with a rejuvenating massage, leaving your skin sweet-smelling and petal soft thanks to Jurlique’s signature rose petal body oil. This 90 minute treatment is available for $180 and includes gratuity (regularly $216).

The Sweetheart Chocolate Facial & Lip Scrub marries enticing aromas, hold-and-cold sensations and a relaxing facial massage with the bliss of a milk-and-chocolate antioxidant mask. Available for $135, this 60 minute package includes a peptide-firming System or RAW Man Kit (regularly $194 – $204).

Kimpton’s FireSky Resort and Jurlique Spa
4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
(480) 945-7666
fireskyresort.com

Romance in the Desert at El Chorro

Valentine's Day Events 2012This Valentine’s day El Chorro restaurant will feature a menu filled with romantic options. A few of these include: Hearts of Romaine with Lobster Vinaigrette or Roasted Valentine Pepper Bisque with crispy red beets, a Lovebird Duo of pan-roasted chicken breast and leg confit with herb crust; a Center Cut Filet with Sweet(heart) Potato Gratin and Chilean Sea Bass with Wild-for-you Mushroom Ravioli.

For dessert, Chocolate Hearts features a dark chocolate cake served with white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate ganache. All these delicious creations are by Executive Chef Charles Kassels and will be served in charming historic surroundings with spectacular mountain views. A special menu of wine pairings will also be available.

El Chorro
5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
(480) 948-5170
elchorro.com

Keyboard Conversations With Jeffrey Siegel: “From Heart to Art — The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt”

For the musically inclined, pianist Jeffrey Siegel will be performing romantic compositions by Franz Liszt, including “Liebesträume.” The performance will include a state of the art video display that allows the audience to see the pianist’s hands moving across the keyboard from any seat in the theater. Jeffrey Siegel will converse about each composition after performing it, while offering insight about the composer’s life.

Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket price range: $29 – $39

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts 
7380 E. Second St. Scottsdale
(480) 499-8587
scottsdaleperformingarts.org

The Glendale Chocolate Affaire

Valentine's Day Events 2012This annual event in the historic part of Downtown Glendale celebrates chocolate and romance. With more than 30 chocolate specialty vendors, there is no shortage of this delicious treat. The event will occur at Murphy Park and admission is free.

Friday February 3, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday February 4, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday February 5,  from noon to 5 p.m.

City of Glendale
(623) 930-2299
glendaleaz.com

Exotic Art Show –  Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular

The Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular Exotic Art Show will take place on Friday, February 10. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and performances will begin at 8 p.m. This exhibit will showcase sensual, personal, provocative, and audacious art from over 60 artists. The Exotic Phantasmagorical Spectacular Exotic Art Show is the longest running exhibit of erotic and art in the country, so prepare for boundaries to be crossed and the line between performance and spectator to be blurred. Advance tickets highly recommended.

Friday, February 10. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and performances will begin at 8 p.m.
Tickets $20 in advance ~ $25 door
Must be over 21 to attend

Alwun House Gallery and Garden Stage
1204 East Roosevelt Phoenix
(602) 253-7887
alwunhouse.org

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar’s Valentine’s Day Special

Valentine's Day Events 2012A delectable dinner, romantic music and a complimentary rose are all included in District American Kitchen and Wine Bar’s Valentine’s Day special. This three-course feast is filled with delicious options like the Truffled Ricotta Stuffed Rigatoni, Vanilla Butter Poached Lobster, and for dessert, Chocolate Molten Cake with Strawberry Ganache. If you can’t attend on the 14th, don’t worry; their Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Saturday, February 11th through the 14th.

Call (602) 817-5400 for reservations
$49 per person
Wine pairings are an additional $30 per person

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar
320 N. 3rd Street
(602) 817-5400
districtrestaurant.com

The Saguaro Hosts the I Heart AZ Party

On Saturday, February 11 The Saguaro is hosting an I Heart AZ Party in celebration of both Valentine’s Day and Arizona’s 100th birthday. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Tony Martinez band will be featured, along with wine tasting, a pop-up shop, locally-grown hors d’oeuvres, and a charity kissing booth. The Saguaro’s art exhibitions will have a special show by 3 Car Pile Up, then from 7-10 p.m. the party will continue with music by DJ Melo.

$10 before 7 p.m.
Free after 7 p.m

The Saguaro is also offering special offers this Valentine’s Day:

Dinner and a Movie (Pool View rooms at $351+tax)

  • Distrito Tasting Menu for Two
  • An in-room movie credit
  • Breakfast in bed

A Suite for You and Your Sweetie (Suites at $1,011)

  • Overnight Suite Accommodations
  • In-room couples massage
  • Private Poolside Cabana Dinner with Distrito Valentine’s day Tasting menu & a bottle of champagne
  • Breakfast in bed
The Saguaro
4000 N Drinkwater Boulevard
(480) 308-1100
thesaguaro.com
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International Sportsmen’s Exposition Arriving In Phoenix

Phoenix Sportsmen's ExpoFor 36 years, fishing, hunting, off-roading and adventure-travel enthusiasts have had International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) events to offer them new products and services — and this month now marks their 11th annual exposition. Over 20,000 are expected to attend the event on February 24-27 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

According to Scott Kelly, CEO of Black Dog Promotions, attendants of the expo should come prepared.

“They should visit www.SportsExpos.com first to view lists of exhibiting companies, most of which have hotlinks to website; listings of special competitions available at show; schedule of all seminars and clinics at show, all free to show-goers; list of discount-ticket options, such as coupons,” Kelly said. “The show offers nearly 300 different vendors offering a wide array of outdoor-related products and services.”Phoenix Expo Seminar

The show will include outdoor retailers and product manufacturers, guides and outfitters, and resorts and lodges from across the west coast including Arizona, as well as Mexico, Alaska, Canada and even South Africa.

The International Exposition has been running since 1975 — started by Ed Rice in Eugene, Ore.

“Every person at ISE remains committed to the principles that have made us America’s Premier Outdoor Exposition, selling high-quality trips and outdoor gear,” said Brian J. Layng, the President and CEO of ISE.

In addition, seminars where attendants can learn from experts and competitions — such as the Best of the West Elk-Calling Contest — will be held. ISE provides diverse and exciting activities for both newcomers and experts of any age, so youth and families are welcome to attend.Phoenix Expo Outdoors

Show days and hours are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Show admission is $15 for adults. Youth 15 and under and veterans with Military ID are admitted free of charge, and parking is free. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. For more information, call 1-800-545-6100, visit ISE’s website or ISE’s Facebook page.

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Arizona Bowl Game Statistics

It’s that time of year again…bowl game time.  The Insight Bowl, Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship Game are fast approaching and come December 28, the top college football teams will be facing down in Tempe and Glendale.  Take a look at this infographic for information on the three Arizona football bowl games and stats on the participating teams.

To see if your team is favored to win check Touchdown AZ.

Statistics for the upcoming bowl games in Arizona.

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Glendale Glitters and Glow Block Party

During the holiday season, one area of Arizona outshines all others. The small, historic town of Glendale is lit up by more than one million Christmas lights that are strung throughout the trees and shine brightly on the small, antique homes and shops that compose the 12-blocks from Old Towne and Catlin Court Districts.



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However, one of the more popular events of the Glendale Glitter festivities takes place on Jan. 8, when the city hosts their traditional Glendale Glitters and Glow Block Party to finish their annual celebrations. From 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. friends and families will make up an attendance of more than 75,000 people who stroll the sidewalks of the district for one last chance to witness the twinkling, colorful lights.

Adults have the chance to enjoy looking through each of the antique shops, which are decorated for the holidays, for fine crafts and historic relics. The kids will be entertained by large, tethered hot air balloons as they are blown up to reveal fantastic designs and patterns from the glow of their flame. Together, families can feel the festive spirit from the multiple live bands and performers throughout the evening. Other kid-friendly and family-fun activities will be available, as well as an assortment of food vendors.



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Parking for the event is limited but if you can find a spot in the neighborhood, it is free. Otherwise, you can use the Glendale Community College parking lot where a free shuttle, which runs all night from 3:30 until 11:30 p.m., will take you to-and-from the night’s event. This event, like all of Glendale Glitters festivities, has no admission charge.

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BCS Title Game, Arizona Businesses Get Dream Matchup: No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon

Check out Touchdown AZ the ultimate visitor guide to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Insight Bowl Tempe and the BCS National Championship.

College football’s national championship is the dream matchup the sporting world has been anticipating. It also should be a dream come true for the financial coffers of Arizona businesses.

Thousands of fans and national media will spend millions of dollars at Arizona hotels, restaurants and attractions as the 2011 BCS National Championship Jan. 10 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale pits No. 1 Auburn (13-0) vs. No. 2 Oregon (12-0).

Auburn punched its ticket to the national title game Saturday by beating South Carolina in the SEC title game. Oregon secured its spot by beating rival Oregon State and running the table in the Pac-10.

The Valley’s other two postseason games – the Dec. 28 Insight Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe and the Jan. 1 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at UOP Stadium – made their selections Sunday night. Oklahoma (11-2) and Connecticut (8-4) will play in the Fiesta Bowl and Missouri (10-3) will play Iowa (7-5) in the Insight Bowl.

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Yoga Studio Is “Blissful” About Expanding And Being Eco-Friendly

Expanding in a recession and going green – impossible?

Not for Blissful Yoga in Glendale.

The yoga studio is establishing three new studios in the next year while utilizing renewable materials and sustainable designs throughout the company.

“In this economy, who knew, right?” says Carrie Clark, the operations manager and a yoga instructor at Blissful Yoga.

Blissful Yoga’s owner, Rosa Rendon, says she had lots of people trying to dissuade her from expanding in the middle of a recession, but she stood her ground.

“I’m really passionate about yoga and bringing it to everyone,” Rendon says.  “I truly thought, even in this economy, I truly thought if we had something really good to offer people would embrace it.  I just went with my heart really.”

The grand opening for Blissful Yoga’s new studio at The Shops at Norterra is Sept. 1, but Rendon isn’t waiting until then to start yoga classes.  The studio is officially open and ready to work out the body and relax the spirit the first week of August, says Rendon, who owns Blissful Yoga with her husband Moises (both pictured below).

With a new studio opening next week, Clark says Blissful Yoga owes its success to the sense of community and philanthropy and a commitment to enjoying life that the yoga studio champions.

“I’m truly excited (about) the welcoming we’ve had from our communities,”  Rendon says.  “We make a point of knowing everybody’s name and welcoming everyone at the door… Even though we’re growing, still our focus is knowing everybody’s name.”

Not only does Blissful Yoga give back to the community with a monthly donation-based class for various charities, but it also tries to give back to the environment by using green products and carrying out green practices.

“(Being eco-friendly) was my first priority when I started talking about building a yoga studio,” says Rendon, whose commitment to being green stems from her desire to provide a better world for the next generation.

The original Blissful Yoga studio, located at 19420 N. 59th Ave., is floor-to-ceiling green.  The floors are made of renewable bamboo and the paint on the walls is low-emission paint, Clark says.

“Every decision (the owners) made, they took that into consideration all the way down to the towels that are in the bathroom are recycled, (and) the paper they print their schedules on is all recycled paper,” Clark says.

The three new locations, The Shops at Norterra, Scottsdale Quarter and St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, will also be “green,” Clark says.

The St. Joseph’s location came about when the hospital contracted them to teach yoga in a new studio built for Blissful Yoga in the hospital as an added benefit to employees, she says.

Blissful Yoga offers around 20 types of yoga for beginners to experts including prenatal yoga, Vinyasa, Yen and classes on a Yoga Wall.  Most of the yoga instructors are YogaWorks trained and Yoga Alliance certified.

Rendon is excited and proud that Phoenicians are embracing what Blissful Yoga has to offe

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Photos courtesy of Blissful Yoga. | www.blissfulyoga.net

Luke’s Future In The West Valley Is Assured - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Ready For Take Off: Luke’s Future In The West Valley Is Assured

Luke Air Force Base has landed the coveted mission of training pilots for the next generation F-35 fighter jets.

Luke was on the Defense Department’s short list, competing with Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, for the F-35. Actually, Luke was shooting for becoming a secondary site for the F-35s that exceed the number of jets already allotted to Eglin.

Luke, which annually pumps $2.17 billion into the Arizona economy, is considered recession-proof and a lifeline for the West Valley. It has been training U.S. fighter pilots since March 1941.

Yet, Luke’s unparalleled record of success — in preserving the nation’s security and enhancing Arizona’s economy — has faced challenges. Most recently, it weathered an encroachment issue that threatened its viability and its very existence.

Luke’s 8,000 active-duty personnel and their 6,700 family members are an important part of the West Valley, plus some 120,000 military retirees in the area who rely on various services provided at Luke. Their value to the area is not lost on Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs.

“We know many of them as residents, neighbors, volunteers and active members in our community, schools and churches,” she says. “Luke personnel and their families buy homes, cars and other big-tickets items, as well as shop in our stores and eat in our restaurants.”

F-35 JetIn stressing Luke’s importance to the West Valley, Scruggs adds, “The new F-35 mission will bring with it decades of sustainable economic benefits and an immediate infusion of $150 million in construction-related projects. In addition, the F-35 will generate additional employment, wages, consumer spending and investments that our region and state desperately need.”

Likewise, Peoria Mayor Bob Barrett recognizes the importance of Luke to the West Valley and the importance of the F-35 to Luke. Barrett and Scruggs were among several local elected officials who made trips to Washington, D.C. to plead Luke’s case with military officials.

Before the announcement that the F-35 training center had been awarded to Luke, Barrett was blunt about the base’s future without it.

“The Air Force doesn’t like me saying this,” Barrett says, “but I believe if we don’t acquire the F-35 for Luke Air Force Base, I believe they will close Luke. In five to eight years, the F-16 is gone. So, if we don’t have the F-35, Luke will follow. There is no reason to keep a base as large as Luke and maintain it if it doesn’t continue to be the world’s largest fighter training base — not just in the U.S., the world’s largest.”

Jack Lunsford, president and CEO of WESTMARC, says his organization strongly supports Luke and for several years has worked to preserve its mission. Lunsford sees Arizona Sen. John McCain, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, as a key advocate for Luke and other military bases throughout the state.

On the issue of residential encroachment, Lunsford says, “We’ve been an advocate of protecting the base from encroachment for many years.”

James “Rusty” Mitchell, director of the Luke Community Initiatives Team, shies away from the term “encroachment.” Mitchell, who retired from the Air Force in 1998 as a lieutenant colonel, prefers “managed growth.” A representative of the Community Initiatives Team attends various city council meetings seeking win-win solutions.

“It’s more a process of managing development in the area so we can continue our flying mission and the cities can continue to be economically viable,” Mitchell says.

Under the terms of a 2004 Arizona law, and accepted earlier this year by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, local governmental entities are required to ensure adequate buffer zones around the state’s military bases.

Steve Yamamori, executive director/CEO of Fighter Country Partnership, a support group for programs and services at Luke, says the F-35 means “sustainability for Luke Air Force Base for the next 50 years — and that’s worth trillions of dollars.”

Arizona Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

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New Italian Eatery Bice Bistro Opens In Glendale’s Westgate City Center

Bice Bistro at Westgate City Center Among the array of restaurants at the ever-growing Westgate City Center in Glendale is a new standout: Bice Bistro.

The Italian restaurant has a contemporary feel from the moment you step inside. The decor is light and sophisticated, and attention is immediately drawn to the wine wall lining one entire side of the restaurant. Televisions tuned to sporting events hang above the bar at the front, but there is quieter, more intimate seating in the back.

When my dining companions and I first saw the menu, we knew we were in for quite a treat. Bice Bistro offers a wide variety of Italian food, including pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, fish and meat. As soon as the bread arrived at the table, it was clear that we would not be disappointed with the overall meal. The bread was served with butter spiced with flecks of red pepper, making it difficult to save room for the entrees as we gorged on the high-carb treat.

Of the appetizers we chose to sample, the overwhelming table favorite was the calamari. Served with mushrooms, zucchini and a spicy tomato sauce, it was perfectly cooked — the lightest and fluffiest I have ever tasted. Not surprisingly, it was much fought-over and completely devoured before too much time had passed.

Luckily, our salads soon arrived and diverted our attention. Bice Bistro offers the usual green and Caesar salads, and the Caesar, which had a hint of garlic, was definitely delicious. The star salad of the evening, however, was what our lovely waitress called the “house specialty.” The baby spinach salad came with beets, goat cheese, pine nuts and lemon vinaigrette. The beets in particular were fresh, and even those of us who had never tasted beets before thoroughly enjoyed them.

Before long our entrees were served and, as with the appetizers and salads, we were pleasantly surprised by the diversity of flavors. Our pizza of choice, fotomodella, had tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, prosciutto, arugula, and the key ingredient, truffle oil. Needless to say, it was distinct from any pizza any of us had ever tasted, and it was easily a favorite. Another favorite entree was the crab-and-shrimp-stuffed ravioli with a lobster cream sauce. The ravioli is made in-house, and it was perfectly cooked. The rich and creamy sauce, however, was what really made the dish.

Finally, it was time for dessert. Although we all thought we had filled up, we still managed to relish three delicious treats: tiramisu, chocolate souffle and mango sorbet. The tiramisu and souffle were equally exquisite, and we were all impressed with how rich the souffle was without being overly sweet. The sorbet, which also is offered in other fruity flavors, was simple yet delicious — the perfect alternative if you’re just not hungry enough for a full dessert, but can’t imagine walking away with nothing. AZ Business Magazine March 2010

So the next time you’re at Westgate and feeling overwhelmed by the vast number of restaurants vying for your business, relax — Bice Bistro will not disappoint.

If You Go:
Bice Bistro
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., #E-110
Westgate City Center, Glendale
(623) 877-4760
www.biceglendale.com

 

AZ Business Magazine

March 2010