Best Place to Take a Slow Foodie - 2008
Rancho Pinot Grill
These days, it's not too hard to come by restaurants that feature some kind of local, seasonal produce, but Slow Food isn't just about an approach to cooking — it's a full-on worldview. So if you're looking for a place to show your favorite Slow Food fanatic a good time, head to Rancho Pinot Grill, where you'll be in like-minded company. After all, chef Chrysa Robertson helped launch the local convivium (in Slow Food-speak, that's the Phoenix chapter of the international organization) and has led the way in celebrating organic ingredients from local sources. Rancho Pinot's menu is both homey and effortlessly sophisticated, with favorites such as ricotta gnocchi with rustic meat sauce, heritage Berkshire pork short ribs braised with hominy, cotija cheese, and radish-cabbage slaw, and grilled lamb chops on flageolet beans with roasted garlic and preserved lemon. Dishes like that are easy to love, no matter what your philosophy.