Hmmmm... so I'm not sure if this is a good review or a bad review. Either way, we didn't have the same experience. We were a party of 4 and 2 of us are the adventurous types and the other couple was not. My husband ordered a Firy Wok intestines and I had the Pickled Cabbage Fish Soup and they were both phenomenal. The other couple had orange chicken and Udon noodle dish and they were both very happy as well. Our service was good and when the server had trouble with English, she called over someone else who happily translated. The inside of the place is not fancy, but I don't need fancy when the food is really good. I'd give this place 2 thumbs up.
Every time I'm down town I hit Urban Fresh up. The service and food are amazing. Chauncey and his family are kind, cheerful, and welcoming. Best vegan restaurant in town!
Do yourself a favor and go in for their daily special and one of there housemade soups, you won't be disappointed!
Joy for downtown
Urban Fresh is a wonderful restaurant for the healthy food they provide and for the love the owners share. Eating fresh whole plant foods is the wave of the future. They offer food that is life supporting unlike so many other restaurants that are still stuck in the old model of offering food that is heart clogging and cancer promoting. Want to understand why animal food is so toxic and plant food is so healing? Start with Dr. Michael Greger's book, How Not To Die. This book is full of nutrition based scientific data on the power of whole food nutrition. Thankfully this book is now being used in medical schools because it is so well referenced. Need some more help in becoming a whole food plant -based eater? Check out the Happy Vegan Couple page on Facebook or YouTube. My hubbie and I post plant-based cooking videos showing step-by-step instructions. Want more help, check out our Happy Vegan Couple House Party Video on our sites which tells about a class we do to teach people how to be successful plant-based eaters. There is a whole world on-line for folks eating plant-based. Check it out if you want to have optimal health for you and your family. And when you're hungry in Tucson, go enjoy the lovely food at Urban Fresh. We need to keep this restaurant going for a long, long time!
While we appreciate this review of our shop, we want to clarify one point. We emphasize produce in season, which implies a degree of localness, but we do not promise that "everything is local." Some items, like garlic, onions, and lemons, are such go-to ingredients that we cannot make great food without them out of season. In-season we can do special things with them, and promote them as local if they are. We are trying to source locally for our fresh produce for sale, and so far have a good source for citrus. We welcome other local growers who would want to sell us fresh produce at bulk. We are also open to barter - cookies for cauliflower for example. We currently source all our wheat, mushrooms, garbanzos, fresh citrus for sale, and teparys completely from local farms. We frequently shop the farmers market for the cafe, and we grow some stuff - currently herbs and bok choy - ourselves. And if I have learned enough yet from Don Breckenfeld, I will have a nice crop of Shandong garlic this spring. But we also buy produce and other foodstuffs from a dozen or so businesses, always looking for seasonal produce to use in cooking. So, 'struth, we shop more and less regularly at the following places, in my subjective order of frequency and expenditure: Restaurant Depot, Sam's Club, Grant-Stone Market, Sprouts, Safeway, Albertsons, Food City, San Xavier Coop Farm store, Penzey's Spices, Lee Lee market, and Nur Market.
This is Italian American food.
Looking at the menu, first of all, they slaughter the Italian language, then they list things like cheese in the antipasto, carbonara with peas, pasta with chicken, etc. that are 'americanismi'
Thanks to the Weekly for returning the side-bar with vital info if we want to visit. It was a pain to go though the article to find open times, address, etc. And then go to the web to find what wasn't in the article. I appreciated the Plus and Minus in the side-bar, too. Can they return?
This restaurant is one of the best Italian restaurants in Tucson. We just celebrated another birthday there last night. We all ordered something different. Every dish was fresh and flavorful. The service is the best I have ever experienced on a consistent basis. The popes pillow is to die for. Love this place
Trattoria Pina has delicious food and an amazing staff. It's a family restaurant, and Pina and Fedele make an effort to get to know all of their customers. It is truly worth every dollar. I love this place!
What a puff piece! Trattoria Pina is near my house, so I wish it were better, but unfortunately the place is so-so. The food is overly salted and decidedly mediocre, but it comes in huge portions, no doubt explaining why the restaurant is still in business.
Sorry to disagree with you McSmelly supporters, but Wise guy has every right not to support a business that has supported a Koch brother puppet. Mr. Elefante has every right to support McSmelly, but he has to deal with the consequences of his actions. That being said, I will miss eating at Mama Louisa's as the food is fantastic. So for all you Trumpanzees who need somewhere to eat after your Klan meeting, I would suggest eating there.
What happened to the restaurant reviews?
Mama Louisa's has a great menu and food quality is awesome. Their free speech should not be hindered because of one person's bias. Live and let live. I thought we had gotten pasta this. It is bolognese.
Support the local restaurants! They are your neighbors.
Me and my family have been going to mama's for years. It's nice to see Michael cater to both the long time guest and the new generation of food eaters that we are starting to see. As for one previous comment, DMAFB brings in a ton of business not only for his restaurant, but the entire community of Tucson. If you feel that his political preference is a reason to not dine at one of Tucson's longest standing restaurants, then perhaps your money is best spent somewhere else that doesn't support the community. I for one will continue to support local business in this city, regardless of political preference. Keep doing what you do Michael Elefante!!
Just a reminder to those who care about these things...Elephante did advertising in support of Martha McSally. I for one don't do business with known republicans and Mama Louisa's won't see another penny from me. There are many other fine Italian restaurants to dine at in this town.
This place serves a great Italian meal and is one of my favorite restaurants in Tucson. They make their own pasta and all of the pasta dishes are excellent. The servers are friendly and efficient. The lunch operation has an all you can eat pasta bar and great soup and salad bar. While it is not a fancy place the it is a perfect spot for date night, graduation party, or just stop in and have some spaghetti. I go there regularly and have never been disappointed. The Elefante family has a very nice operation.
Thanks to the web team for adding the info sidebar back to the online article!
Personally, I really am loving the new format! If you want to base where you go on one persons opinion of one time and a few items,rather than the stories of the amazing people and places, you need to hustle on over to Yelp and hang out with the rest of the internet trolls! Congrats Weekly, on the great new writter!
Correct. I just write the stuff.
If, unfortunately, the online version won't contain info the print version does, could you in the future just repeat the basic address-phone-intrawebs stuff in the article text? A little little redundancy wouldn't hurt hurt.
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