When I eat at Contessa Cafe I am taken back to my Noni's table in Le Scotte Seina Itlay. On one visit I had egg plant lasagna that was so delicious that I wanted to eat nothing but it. I relented and had baked ziti also very, very good. I've only had their canoli's for dessert so I can't comment personally about the rest of the desserts but my husband loved the cheese cake. The food here isn't processed and is homestyle and may not win awards for most creative cooking around, but for those of us who are Italian, sticking to the traditional way of fixing something is best and Contessa sticks with what is best. Were I able to, I would eat here every day, or at least often. You should too.
Pizza here is fantastic. Thin crust Chicago style. I love the turkey sausage he makes, and the shrimp and artichoke specialty pizza is delicious!!
One of my favorites in Tucson. Great ambience and food.
Never fails to please. Good food. Bring back the steak sandwich with balsamic carmelized onions.
Decent food and service. Osso bucco was excellent. I wish they would offer the seafood soup that Red Sky Cafe used to have.
Tucson's best kept secret for good traditional Italian.
I have yet to eat dinner here but the lunches are delicious and very reasonably priced.
Very nice place and the food was good as well. We had a Gorgonzola gnocchi, pasta in a spicy rosa sauce and a delicious eggplant appetizer. They also had a decent wine list to boot. I would definatley go again.
Just like I remembered. This restaurant, located in a shopping center at the northeast corner of Swan & Sunrise, serves up generous portions of tasty Italian food. All the usual dishes are here, plus some steak dishes and the curiously-named Sister Mary Joseph - peppery steak in a thick gravy. It's my wife's favorite and the reason we visited here tonight. A variety of wines complement the various dishes. Pizza served at the bar and from Bazil's To Go. The restaurant is fairly dark and booths have individual rheostats to adjust the lighting to your liking. This was my first visit since the non-smoking ordinance was enacted. Prior to the ordinance, the smoke from the bar (which contains a few TV's and the ever-important restrooms) would spew forth into the restaurant. It's much easier to taste the delicious food and drink now that the smoke is gone. Note to Miss Piggy: leave Kermit the Frog at home else he ends up a paraplegic and the answer to the question "How's Kermie" becomes "Tastes like chicken with a hint of garlic butter."
This restaurant has a variety of Italian and American dishes to suit most tastes. Many of the dishes have house-made mozzarella as an ingredient and I urge you to try one of those (including the pizza). The pizza crust is both crispy and chewy - how they do that I'll never know. The pizzas are very tasty and several have the house-made mozzarella and fresh basil. The wine list has a good selection of wines from around the world and it's easy to find something to go with the excellent food or to just sip while hanging around at the bar. Service has always been prompt and friendly.
Always a great place to eat if you are willing to spend the cash (menu is expensive but made fresh). Great wine list and great (but small) selection of dishes. The appetizers are really good too. Would not recommend the veal because of recent investigations that indicate the use of ham instead of veal.
A bit on the pricey side with above average food. The service was outstanding and a nice clean atmosphere. The Veal dish that I had was Good (but a tiny bit salty) and the Sauce on the Spaggetti tasted like it was from a can.
This place is a nice date place with a nice romantic setting.
The pizza side of the restaurant is great. The restaurant has good classic Italian dishes, but too expensive for what you get. I still go for the pizza though.
The first time I went was lunch on the patio it was awesome,2nd time took freinds for dinner on patio,we had horrible service and managment gave us a $20 gift cert.Tried it again because I have always loved Scordatos family,There seemed to be plenty of help but service was really bad and slow ost dishes didn't come with ingredients as explained on menu.There were at least 3 managers on the floor but not really doin their job.Sorry to say we were so disappointed we won't be goin back.Manager should read his reveiws.I would rather have my dinner alittle late instead of cooks just throwing things together to get it out.Surprising and sad for Scordato's reputation.Bummed out!
I just finished reading the review here. They were most generous in their comments. We used to go there on a regular basis but unfortunately when we used a coupon for a two for one deal it fell really flat. My wife ordered the chicken marsala and I ordered the sausage and spaghetti. The chickne marsala was something of a disappointment. It appeard to be two small chicken breasts with some sort of syrupy sauce. Not a marsala sauce and the portion was VERY SMALL. We suspected that the two for one we received was not welcomed at this establishment. We have not gone back since. Too bad because we did like to take the grandkids for pizza. Just felt that we were short changed because of the two for one coupon. Shame on them for doing that.
Old school Italian circa 1960's. Nothing fantastic, just solid mainline Italian style cooking. Exactly what one might expect next to a military base. Joe's special is noodles and cheese with little more than a dollup of tomato sauce.
Very nice outdoor patio agreat day to spend an evening. If only the food was good, its a shame that Caruso's can't have a chef that makes authentic and delicious Italian food. Every time I have been here I am disappointed with the food.
Two stars at the very most. Food is mediocre (service is excellent), and it doesn't take American Express Cards. I'm a business traveler, our business card is American Express, and not accepting American Express is the kind of attitude that keeps travelers away. We can get mediocre food at franchise without the hassle of dipping into our own pockets.
Not sure what Mo is trying to pass off as veal but it looked and tasted like deli turkey. It should be illegal to fradulently advertise and serve something that isnt.
Look forward to this place closing.
I find this place gross and a disgrace to italian cuisine. I really hate to bash a local independent restaurant, but frozen, boxed apps, and an absolute flavorless sauce is a sure fire way to not endear yourself to an italian foodie.
The reason why the Joe's special is so popular? That is the only dish containing garlic and the cheese masks the horribly HUNTS tomato sauce.
Step ya game up! Nothing like my "Mama's" cooking.
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