Our sister company, The House at Secret Garden, has been making headlines with its scenic dining areas, creative drinks and eclectic dishes. With recent articles in The Arizona Republic, Arizona Foothills Magazine and a review by local restaurant critic, Michele Laudig of Phoenix New Times, curious diners have made their way to The House to experience what all the talk is about.

Laudig shared her thoughts on some of the heavier menu items with her readers: “I inhaled the housemade pasta one night, an excellent butternut squash ravioli with port demi-glace. The filling was like edible velvet. Almost as sensual was a heap of creamy Anson Mills grits topped with sautéed shrimp and sweet corn, with a hint of serrano chile kick.”

For those of you who think a lunch visit would be best, Laudig had this to say: “Both the grilled romaine (lightly smoky bunches of lettuce topped with feta and pickled red onions — enough to eat as an entrée) and the seasonal salad (mixed greens tossed with mint, Italian parsley, carrot, shaved fennel, paper-thin slices of watermelon radish, pistachios, and goat cheese) were slicked with delicately balanced vinaigrette that enhanced the stellar, just-picked tenderness of the greens. Consider me impressed.”

And impressed you will be when visiting the historic Spanish-style mansion with gigantic carob tree and candle lit patio for happy hour, dinner date or impressive business lunch.

To view the entire review visit: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/2010-12-09/restaurants/pat-christofolo-s-the-house-at-secret-garden-makes-you-feel-at-home/