My last Restaurant Week stop came at a place I’ve been wanting to eat at for a while – Restaurant noca at the Biltmore. When Matt Taylor was the chef, I got to attend his cooking demonstration earlier this year and sample some of his food. Now chef Claudio Urciuoli (who just split from Chris Bianco) is in charge and brings an Italian sensibility of pasta and seafood to the mix. I love how the menu changes everyday. In fact, I had my meal choices picked out from the RW website and the menu changed when I got there and I had to scramble. My first choice was the Giovanna’s meatballs (with Polenta). Then I got the Wagyu beef brisket (with crushed Yukon potatoes and green beans) followed by a Honey Panna Cotta (Plum raspberry coulis and an almond briscotti). I was also served a big bowl of cotton candy – which I thought was interesting. The food was delicious and I had a great conversation with my bartender. I had a wonderful time and I see myself visiting on a regular basis.
* – from Restaurant Week website
Located in Phoenix’s Biltmore area, noca utilizes the finest ingredients to present Modern American cuisine in a vibrant atmosphere without pretense and formality. noca’s daily changing menu reflects the best of the season featuring; local organic produce, crudo, house-made pastas, fish and prime meats.
My food pictures were a little hazy due to the dim lights.
Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar is a contemporary lunch and dinner restaurant located in the heart of downtown Phoenix just off the light rail path. With its beautiful spacious modern decor, Switch is a nice relaxing place to eat or stop in for a drink. They also have a great patio area with some unique artwork. Their menu is influenced by American and European cuisine and they use fresh seasonal products that allow them to ‘switch’ up their menu from time to time. Switch is known for their popular ‘Ombre speciality drink (a spicy jalapeño pineapple vodka cocktail) that is very popular with regulars. I had the Switch House Burger (9 oz of angus beef with goat cheese, crispy onions and Canadian bacon) and found it fresh and delicious along with a great tasting Sangria. The staff was very friendly and I look forward to stopping in again sometime.