Former Italian Kitchen owner Fiore Iannacone has remodeled a former eegee's into a comfortable pizzeria and wine bar at 58 W. Congress St., serving fresh food and wine from Naples. For breakfast, try the European espresso bar and lunch on fast-casual soups, salads, pasta, pizza and panini sandwiches. Linger after work or before the theater over the antipasto bar and personal pizzas. Open weekdays. 623-0744.
Catalina in the Tropics
Restaurant Pura Vida announces Coco Loco, serving up tropical drinks and live music, dancing and candlelight two Fridays a month. Check out the boogies, ballads, bossa novas and blues on Jan. 16 and 30. Also new is the Sunday buffet brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring American and Costa Rican food for $8.95 per person. 15930 N. Oracle Road. 818-2850. (reviewed 4-17-03)
Jimmy Johns Debuts
Tucson resident and UA graduate Christopher Wright is opening the first local Jimmy Johns Gourmet Sandwich Shop franchise with a benefit for Tu Nidito. During the celebration, the lunch bunch and night owls can enjoy inexpensive subs and drinks for 92 cents and 50 cents. Come on down on Jan. 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. for good food and fund-raising fun. Located at 749 N. Park Avenue. 206-9999.
Mad Cow and Englishmen
Fear of mad cow disease has not put a kibosh on Tucsonans' appetite for beef. McGraw's Steakhouse & Cantina and Chad's Steakhouse both report that it's business as usual.
Ka-ching for Chang's
Revenues for P.F. Chang's China Bistro increased 31 percent to $151.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2003, up from $115.9 million in the same quarter of 2002. P.F. Chang's accounted for $134.6 million, while fast-casual sister franchise Pei Wei Asian Diner accounted for $16.7 million of the consolidated revenues.