Zayna's, a locally owned and fairly new fast-casual Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant, can be found at 9095 E. Tanque Verde Road, where Le Buzz Caffe and News was before moving into a bigger space a few doors to the east. Owner Riad Altoubal proudly proclaims chicken shwarma, gyro and falafel as house specialties; open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; 749-4465.
Another sushi joint has splashed into the Old Pueblo at the former Sushi World space, at 1800 E. Fort Lowell Road. Bloo Fish (which is erroneously listed by Qwest as Bloo Fin) is open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. with a full sushi bar and Japanese menu. The owner, who didn't want his name mentioned, formerly worked at RA. Coming soon to the industrial black and blue setting will be a happy hour; 327-0150.
La Buona Cucina Casalinga
Translated, it means "good home cooking" in Italian, which is what Roma Imports does so well. Join them for the September feast on the 17th for a buffet-style dinner of antipasti, main courses and desserts. Pre-registration required; the cost is $39.50 per person. Call 792-3173. Visit the www.romaimports.com
for menu and directions.
Primavera Cooks The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol
Reap the culinary rewards when Executive Chef Craig Dibbern and guest apprentice chefs prepare a five-course dinner paired with wines for a good cause on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $100 per person, benefiting the Primavera Foundation. RSVP at 529-3500; 5601 N. Hacienda Del Sol Road.
58 Degrees in the Foothills
According to Kathleen Carter, executive sommelier for 58 Degrees and Holding Co., a retail wine venue by the same name will open at St. Philip's Plaza in part of the former Ovens. What's happening in the other part is still a mystery. The ideal temperature for wine storage is 58 degrees.