Happy Hour

The Cove Trattoria: Happy Hour Report Card

The Spot: Cove Trattoria, 7001 North Scottsdale Road, #128, Paradise Valley, 480-951-8273, www.thecovescottsdale.com.

Editor's Note: This post has been edited from its original version to reflect the fact that happy hour beers are actually $3 at Cove Trattoria, rather than what we previously reported. We regret our error.

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The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Monday through Friday from 3 until 6:30 p.m.

The Interior: Cove Trattoria is the kind of unassuming strip mall wine bar we pass by every day. Instead of passing it by this time -- we dropped in. The bright flowers on the outside were inviting, while the interior furniture and design were just standard. After calling the attention of the servers chatting at the bar, we took a seat on the patio, which was also nothing unique, but comfortable and clean.

The Food: For six bucks each, you can choose from meatball sliders, mussels, fried calamari and more. We started off with the garlic verde shrimp, which had a flavorful sundried tomato pesto sauce. However, there was so much sauce it overpowered the shrimp completely.

Next we had the sweet Italian sausage skewers with charred peppers and onions. The dish itself was tasty, but definitely something you could make on your own grill with a little olive oil and store-bought ingredients. The star of the Cove's happy hour menu is definitely their personal pizza. While the menu goes a bit far calling it perfect, we were satisfied with our thin crust margherita and would definitely come back to grab a cheap pie another day. They also offer sausage and caramelized onion, garlic butter and meatball pizzas during happy hour.

The Drink: The drink menu features several white and red wines on special for $6 during happy hour. You can get a beer for $3. We stuck to wine. We were reasonably pleased with our oaky, smoky Guenoc chard and fruity 25 Lagunas malbec, but it wasn't the best deal we've seen.

The Conclusion: Six dollars for a glass of wine isn't a great deal for happy hour. However, $12 for a glass of wine and a pizza is something we'd consider returning for next time we get the craving.

Grade: C+

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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