You seem to mention every place downtown but ELLIOTT's on Congress...
There's a lot of 'trendy' new places downtown and a few stale old haunts. I'm not sure if this over-saturation of restaurants is the answer or a 'boom'. There seems to be a great deal of ambition and money thrown around...that's for sure! Too much too soon might end up with a lot of empty tables and lost possibility due to under planning and lack of direction or talent. Some of these new places have some real character. Others are just opening doors to get in on a perceived trend. With all the flashy new places driving up prices and creating long lines for so much of the same mediocrity, there's something to be said for vibe and not flash or names. Elliott's has established itself (through a great deal of downtown setbacks) as a place that seems to have always been there like an old friend despite being open a year. The scene there is very inviting and relaxed with great food and music during the week. The Congress Restaurant Renaissance has some things going on West of 6th ave too...
It has been proven that several negative reviews of Piazza Gavi are fakes made up by disgruntled former employees who were fired and from direct competitors. Yelp is not accurate for many restaurants in Tucson as it has turned into a revenge site for angry former employess all over. Tucson has terrible service and even worse management in restaurants. The entire local industry is a revolving door of untrained, untalented service flunkies who go from place to place bringing their lack of training with them. It's really on the lazy management all over the Old Pueblo for not doing their jobs in running a restaurant properly and training their employees to be professionals. It seems if you're a cute girl under 30, you have no problem getting a service job in Tucson (especially at Sullivan's) despite having no service skills. Maybe it's the revolving door of unethical male managers who float from place to place being more preditors than managers.
Piazza Gavi is a wonderful place with great food, excellent staff and warm, friendly ambiance. It has never disappointed. Don't believe what you read on YELP. The Weekly has gotten it right about Gavi for over a decade and so have the readers and patrons. Best in Tucson over 10 times should say something...and it's not a 4th ave or Downtown venue, so you know the ballots aren't stuffed by the Weekly's self serving board of critics for 'The Best of Tucson and Tammies' issues every year. It's on the far North East side and people come there for what they can't get at so many other places....professionalism and consistancy.
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