Just opened in the Williams Centre by Vivace's Daniel Scordato, Intermezzo serves breakfast from 7-10 a.m. and lunch from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Intermezzo encourages taking a pause from your busy day with casual rustic Italian fare. They make their own focaccia, but serve La Brea Bakery's breads, including the most unusual chocolate bread. Located at 5350 E. Broadway Blvd., 748-8100.
AJ's Fine Foods
Take a dash of Bashas' and turn up the ambience--way up-scale--with a gourmet food emporium that calls its bakery a boulangerie; its wine section the wine cellar; its fish department the seafood grotto; and its dining area the bistro. Opening on Nov. 7 at the La Encantada Shopping Center on Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue, perhaps AJ's is Tucson's answer to Dean & Deluca?
World's Most Expensive Pasta Sauce
One of the hundreds of items selling at AJ's is the World's Most Expensive Pasta Sauce by Chef Dad. A 25-ounce jar of pasta sauce with meat and vegetables costs $11.99; the vegetarian version costs $10.99. With prices like that, you might want to consider going out for spaghetti.
The place for gourmet cooks opens with a bang at La Encantada when Janos (who, by the way, is celebrating his 20th anniversary) offers cooking demonstrations on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Tucson Culinary Festival
Time to reserve your space for the many events--wine seminars, winemaker dinners, a grand tasting and golf tournament--happening Nov. 13-16 at the Omni Tucson National Golf and Spa Resort, as well as at independently owned restaurants around town. Check out www.tucsonculinaryfestival. com for events and venues, or call 488-8601. The events benefit the Community Food Bank and Tucson Originals.
Sowing Wild Oats
Wild Oats at 4751 E. Sunrise Drive is scheduled to close on Nov. 22. The two locations on Oracle Road and on Speedway Boulevard will remain open for business as usual.