Tommy V’s serves up delish food, fun atmosphere


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A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking to Chef Matt Alleshouse of Tommy V’s for a profile for Phoenix New Times.

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I went back to the east Phoenix restaurant last night to try the food, and it was one of the most fun dining experiences I’ve ever had.

First off, the restaurant, which has only been open for barely a month, was packed, and there was a wait when we got there. It’s so exciting to see a brand spanking new restaurant already have so much buzz and be successful so soon. It probably helps it’s a sister restaurant to the upscale Tomaso’s, right next door.

The crowd was mixed, but it was definitely dominated by older people–middle-aged and senior citizens. It was nice to see fans of Tomaso’s be loyal and check out his new eatery. There were also lots of families, and some young couples.

The dining experience didn’t feel rushed at all, despite the bustling atmosphere. The restaurant is divided into two rooms, with tables throughout the rooms, making for an especially home-y feel.

We started with a huge bottle of Malbec wine ($30) that provided more than four glasses of the delicious red wine. For appetizers, we had vegetarian Pasta E Fagioli ($7), a brand new item that was chock full of white beans. It was a great meal starter, and it rocks it was meat-free.

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Then we split a pizza with olives ($12). The pizzas are wood fired, just like at Pizzeria Bianco and Cibo. It wasn’t burnt like Bianco’s, but it wasn’t as thin and doughy like Cibo’s.  It was a generous portion with huge chunks of mozzarella, but I would have loved for the pizza to be a little less crispy.

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For dessert, we had tiramisu ($5), one of the best tiramisus I’ve ever had. It was the perfect creamy consistency, and it melted in your mouth. I would say go to Tommy V’s just for the tiramisu alone.

It makes sense why Tommy V’s is so popular already. The staff is excellent, Alleshouse is always around crafting delicious food and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. It reminded me of a  big city restaurant, like one in New York and San Francisco, where people really celebrated good food and ambiance.