Q. I enjoy trying really interesting wines with dinner, but am not confident of my knowledge. Where's a place with great food and staff with topnotch wine recommendations?
A. It's hard to go wrong at Wright's in the Arizona Biltmore resort. The restaurant has a new sommelier, Barbara Werley, and with "master" status, she's one of only 51 people in the country with the honor.
Q. Okay, I'm cheap. But I still like a good meal out. Any thoughts?
A. Go to Giuseppe's Italian Kitchen at 28th Street and Camelback. Portions are huge, ingredients are fresh, and the most expensive dinner tops out at $8.95 (like pasta with smoked salmon and cream). Bonus: It's BYOB, with a corkage fee of just $3 per bottle.
Q. Do we have any Mobil 5-Star Award winners in the Valley?
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A. The only restaurant to earn the coveted distinction for 2003 is Mary Elaine's at the Phoenician resort. Pretty much every one of our upscale resorts boasts a 4-Star Award-winning restaurant, though.