First Taste

Arizona Mills' New Food Hall: Burritos By Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza and Sad Noodle Soup

When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

Restaurant: The "Food Hall by Villa" at Arizona Mills mall Location: 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe Open: About a week Eats: 10 new restaurant concepts Price: About $10 a person

Normally, we don't think twice about the food found in a shopping mall but when we heard that Arizona Mills mall in Tempe was unveiling a renovated, multimillion-dollar, 13,262-square-foot concessions area -- well, we just had to check it out.

Part of the intrigue comes from the fact that one of the 10 new restaurant concepts in the food court hall comes from James Beard Award-nominated chef Silvana Esparza. The concept, called Tinta Mexicana, offers build-your-own burritos, tacos, bowls, and quesadillas.

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Lauren Saria
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