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Caffe Boa, Tempe

398 S. Mill Avenue
Tempe , Arizona
Tel: 480 968 9112's insider take:

Located right in the midst of Arizona State University's bar scene, this is not where you would think to find a worth-the-trip restaurant. But Caffe Boa is just that, and has been since 1994. Owners Jay and Christine Wisniewski injected new life into the restaurant in 2008 by hiring chef Payton Curry, a ballsy and outspoken young talent who was advised to shake things up. His menu includes handmade pastas like fettuccine saltimbocca with braised sweetbreads, crispy pancetta, and a sage-tinged cream sauce, plus comfort food dishes (try the killer fried chicken). There is a locavore bent, as well, with olives and oil coming from Queen Creek Olive Mill and produce sourced from area organic farms. The wine list is global, but forgo the Italian bottles and ask your server what Jay is drinking. It will likely be something from his homeland of Croatia.—David Tyda

Open Mondays through Wednesdays 11 am to 10 pm, Thursdays and Fridays 11 am to 11 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 3 pm and 4 to 10 pm.

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