A true original and credited with being the first local “concept” restaurant in the Phoenix area, Postino began in an old post office building in Arcadia as a wine bar and tasting room and has blossomed into a must for lunch — now Valley-wide. With locations in Arcadia, on Central Avenue downtown, in Gilbert, Kierland and now near Old Town on Highland in Scottsdale, Postino is nearby and perfect for a quick lunch or a long client interaction at the noontime meal.
Each site is unique — most of them building on the site’s own history — yet exudes a similar look and appeal. The dining rooms are open and include patios. Postino is very casual and truly all about the quality foods, wines and beers. At lunch, diners are met with a rush at each location, making for a nice feel of success among the hustle and bustle of the room.
Start with a great board. The Butcher’s Block is an assortment of artisan meats and cheeses served with smoked almond hummus, asparagus, olives, nuts and crostini. The Bounty includes grilled cauliflower, asparagus, and a variety of vegetables served with Guindilla peppers, spicy Marcona almonds, herb cucumber cream dipping sauce and smoked almond hummus. Try the bruschetta. There are multiple to choose from and include one with brie and apple atop a fig spread. Or ricotta with dates and pistachios.
For main courses, look to a panini or a salad. The Raspberry Chicken Salad is made with organic chicken, pecans, apples, gorgonzola and mayo with raspberry vinaigrette over a bed of fresh greens. The Nine Iron is a tasty panini made with hickory smoked bacon layered with grilled chicken, fresh burrata mozzarella, lettuce, beefsteak tomato and dijonnaise on a choice of ciabatta or focaccia bread.
A true gem whichever location is chosen. Yes, there may be a bit of a wait, but clients will be impressed and the meal will be perfection.
Postino Wine Café
Many Valley locations
An assortment of artisan meats and cheeses served with smoked almond hummus, asparagus, olives, nuts and crostini
Kale, quinoa, Fuji apple, apricot, toasted almonds, pecorino stagionato and pickled red onion with apple cider-mustard vinaigrette