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    Second Helpings

    Roman Holiday: There's no shortage of Italian restaurants in the Valley. Local folklore says there are more Italian places here than any other ethnic variety, including Mexican. But there's not necessarily strength in numbers. Most of these rest...

    by Howard Seftel on May 9, 1996
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    A Mother Time, a Mother Place

    Desert Princess, Pleasant Harbor Marina, Lake Pleasant, 230-7600. Hours: Lunch cruise, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 2:30 p.m.; Dinner cruise, Friday, 7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Flower-shop owners look forward ...

    by Howard Seftel on May 2, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Buddy, Can You Spare $250,000? If there's a venture capitalist out there looking to invest some big bucks in the restaurant business, I've got some ideas. Despite this town's phenomenal restaurant growth, there are three niches that could use fi...

    by Howard Seftel on May 2, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Menu Blues: A few weeks ago, I received a call from someone complaining about a dish he'd had at Citrus Cafe, a wonderful French restaurant out in the wilds of Chandler. What was the problem? He didn't like his steak. This got me thinking about ...

    by Howard Seftel on April 25, 1996
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    Where the Grills Are

    Ventura Grill, 8380 East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 922-1500. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., seven days a week. No industry launches a new product these days without doing lots of homework: Bean...

    by Howard Seftel on April 25, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Let Them Eat Cake? Here's a story I heard a few weeks ago. Put yourself in both the customers' and restaurant manager's shoes. What would you do? Employees order a fancy, expensive dessert cake to celebrate a special occasion at their company's ...

    by Howard Seftel on April 18, 1996
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    Days of Future Pasta

    Tutto, 7020 East Third Avenue, Scottsdale, 949-9101. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Somewhere in Phoenix, gathering dust in ...

    by Howard Seftel on April 18, 1996
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    Ambiance Chasers

    Timothy's, 6335 North 16th Street, Phoenix, 277-7634. Hours: Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner, 5 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. What's one difference between people and animals? Animals feed; humans dine. When my...

    by Howard Seftel on April 11, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    How the Southwest Was Won: Tucson's Cafe Terra Cotta has been reveling in national attention for years. But diners at the Valley branch of the restaurant could have been forgiven for wondering about the hype. Yes, the Southwestern-themed food has bee...

    by Howard Seftel on April 11, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Deli Lama: The Valley has been enjoying a spectacular restaurant boom for several years. These days, you can get almost any type of cuisine; some of it good enough to compete with the fare in America's gastronomic capitals. But, as I've noted mo...

    by Howard Seftel on April 4, 1996
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    Seconds Over Tokyo

    Ah-So, 6033 West Bell, Glendale, 978-1177. Hours: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., seven days a week; Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m. Is Phoenix a big-league city? You can use all sorts of yardsticks to ...

    by Howard Seftel on April 4, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Gut Reaction: According to a Gallup poll, more than half of all Americans say they suffer occasionally from some form of gastrointestinal distress. Help for these folks may be on the way. No, it's not a pill. It's a book with a punchy, no-nonsen...

    by Howard Seftel on March 28, 1996
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    Mealing and Dealing

    The Copper Club Restaurant, America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson, Phoenix, 379-7777. Lunch, Monday through Friday, 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Today's quiz: Choose the statement that best describes your downtown-job situation. 1. When you arri...

    by Howard Seftel on March 28, 1996
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    Razz'll Dazzle

    Razz's Restaurant and Bar, 10321 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 905-1308. Hours: Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m. About six years ago, Erasmo "Razz" Kamnitzer came on board as chef at Different Pointe of View, the swanky dining...

    by Howard Seftel on March 21, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Light My Fire: Remember the woman who sued McDonald's for big bucks after spilling hot coffee on her lap? Although her award was later reduced significantly, her legal victory has restaurant owners more worried than ever about getting hit with neglig...

    by Howard Seftel on March 21, 1996
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    Fed and Blarney

    Mulligan's Pub and Grill, 8809 East Mountain View, Scottsdale, 314-5475. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Faith and begorra, lassie, yer as ...

    by Howard Seftel on March 14, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Butt Out: In a couple of weeks, citizens of Mesa get to vote on the most sweeping municipal nonsmoking measure ever proposed in this state. The ordinance would forbid smoking just about everywhere designated as a "public place." That means workp...

    by Howard Seftel on March 14, 1996
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    Second Helpings

    Margaritaville: When is a margarita not a margarita? That's the question a United States District Court is soon going to decide. The plaintiff is Heublein, Inc., a giant international player in the wine-and-spirits market. Among its holdings is ...

    by Howard Seftel on March 7, 1996
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    Mexed Results

    Nola's Cocina Mexicana, Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Phoenix, 957-8393. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9p.m. Does anyone real...

    by Howard Seftel on March 7, 1996
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    Serving Hard Time

    Hard Rock Cafe, 2621 East Camelback, Phoenix, 956-3669. Hours: Lunch and Dinner, Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Today's multiple-choice quiz: Which statement best explains the phenome...

    by Howard Seftel on February 29, 1996
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