GastroEclectico photo

Dine, cook, enjoy - that's life!

Gástro Ecléctico the open minded foodie regardless of origin, ethnicity, style, ingredients, vegan, meaty or fishy, fingers or forks, I love food: finding it; trying it; and showing it – traditional or nouveau… Bon appétit from el Gástro Ecléctico!

Blank

Adela's Italian Restaurant

 4041 E Thomas Rd, Ste 107
Phoenix, AZ
 

Italian at it's Best in the Valley of the Sun!

For six years since moving to the Valley of the Sun, my wife and I have been seeking an Italian Restaurant, preferably Northern Italian, specifically a homey atmosphere, neighborhood traditional, genuinely authentic, moderately rustic, superbly tasty and an intimately comforting ristorante that can match and evoke some of the best we’ve experienced in our gastronomic lifetime experiences! I’ve gotta say, no doubt, we found it in Adela’s Italian Kitchen! Hooray! We were flabbergasted on various levels to what we found. First and foremost, the cuisine is extraordinary! Pedro and Adela really take pride in their amazing offerings. Since having our fave Italian in Alexandria, VA (see my review of Via Venetto) – we have not found anything coming close to exquisite Italian food in the Valley until now, especially Piedmontese, or Northern Italian! Our visit started with glasses of a smooth and wonderful Bellini Prosecco and Querceto Chianti. The garlic and oil infused house bread was delightful. Our appetizer of one of the best Fried Calamari ever; very tender and mildly crispy superbly seasoned breading along with an outstanding arrabbiata sauce (arrabbiata means “angry”; the name of the sauce refers to the spiciness of the chili peppers). Our mains consisted of my wife’s Pollo Marconi: a thick, juicy and tasty breast of chicken which is layered with sliced mushrooms, excellently cooked eggplant, cheese, ham covered in a smooth tomato marsala cream sauce. I had one of the fave dishes, and best ever renditions of Vitello alla Sorrentino: a Veal coated with chopped olives, diced mushrooms, bacon morsels and topped with mozzarella cheese in an delectable marsala wine sauce. I was interested in getting the Tiramisu, but considering how full and satisfied we were, I agreed with my wife in ordering their Limoncello Mascarpone Cake – although not a fan of Limoncello, this cake filled with limoncello mascarpone cream was astonishingly magnificent! After enjoying these wonderful victuals, I ended the evening Adela’s Caffe: a double espresso, with steamed milk, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Frangelico an Italian hazelnut liqueur. Wow! Second, and astoundingly amazing, the Chef having over 30 years of Italian cooking experience Pedro, with his wife Ximena and daughter (the Delgado’s) having started Adela’s in 2014 are Mexican. Needless-to-say it is like hitting the Italian Cuisine Jackpot enjoying their hospitality, friendliness, affordable prices, cooking, and ambience. Here the best of what Itâglia has to offer in cuisine. The Delgado’s have made their dream of having a great restaurant come true but have also given the Italian gastronome a share of their extraordinary cooking genius. This is by far one of the most highly recommended meal establishments in the Valley of the Sun we can make. Adela’s, we have become new regulars to your home. Grandi avventure! Bon appétit Ya’ll!

Bellini Prosecco; Glass of Querceto Chianti DOCG; Calamari; Pollo Marconi; and Vitello Sorrentino.

 

See all reviews

  • 3/18/2021

    Gastroeclectico tried The Keg Steakhouse & Bar and liked it.

  • 5/17/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried Opa Life Greek Cafe, liked it, and rated it . Gastroeclectico liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

    Pros
    After about five great visits, it’s about time I wrote up my fave Greek Eats Joint, Opa Life Greek Café! Over the course of the past five years, we’ve have had multiple visits a bunch of times for: their Pita Wrap Special, Gyro Pita, Lamb Souvlaki. Thei
  • 4/02/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried Bluewater Grill, liked it, and rated it . Gastroeclectico liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 4/01/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried Thai Patio.

  • 3/22/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse, liked it, and rated it . Gastroeclectico liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 1/04/2020

    Gastroeclectico tried The Henry.

  • 8/12/2018

    Gastroeclectico tried Black Angus Steakhouse.

  • 7/13/2018

    Gastroeclectico tried Abyssinia Restaurant and Cafe.

  • 7/13/2018

    Gastroeclectico tried El Berraco.

  • 6/06/2018

    Gastroeclectico tried Rancho 7 Restaurant and Lounge.

Log in to your Menuism account to leave a comment.

See all latest comments

Favorite Food:
Bouillabaisse
Favorite Chef:
The Late Great Justin Wilson
Favorite Cookbook:
Fannie Farmer
Last Meal:
...never last meal, more coming!
Springfield Faves!
Good eats in and around Downtown Springfield, Virginia
My Line on Virginia Wine!
My wife and I considering ourselves being somewhat wine connoisseurs, not snobs mind you, are lucky to live in a state that offers so many vineyards, varietals and makes it so easy to go wine tasting often – making day outings incredibly enjoyable by either doing picnics, wine tastings, parings, tours wine and dine, or just outright relaxing. Wine is, as most dining, a very subjective experience and varies to one’s own palate and preference and even mood. Rather than try to compare one winery, vineyard, grape or wine to another, I have developed a scoring method that will give both the occasional novice wine taster or the most sophisticated connoisseur a bearing which to select each establishment by, based on our single, or sometimes multiple visits to each location. The criteria is as follows: 1) beauty of location and its scenery (how nature plays into the overall landscaping, accommodations, furnishings and area surroundings – pleasing to the eye and feel); 2) the establishment’s appearance and ambience (the care and taste taken to either preserve historical or style and esthetics of the surroundings in architecture, structures, ecology, nature, traditional or non-traditional décor and design – making it either romantic, fun, relaxing or other); 3) the owner and/or operators’ consideration to their patrons and hospitality (here the hominess, hospitality, friendliness, rapport and personalities or individual character of owners and staff plays in, as well as their honest and knowledgeable expertise of the product, its cultivation and development, ingredients and taste descriptions); 4) activities, events and/or meals or munchies (this being subjective and specific, as many wineries do not offer entertainment, activities or foods, appetizers accompanying or pairing items for the tasting and/or lingering around with their wine offerings); 5) wine selection, quality, taste and varieties (how many wines, too many wines, how many do we like, is one better than others, cork or screw-top, etc.); and 6) heavily weighted on our taste (this one is ultra-subjective and particular because although my wife may agree on many, we don’t always agree on all – and for varying reasons. Depending on your preference and mine being so naturally different, this can be a coin toss for readers); as well as 7) value, consistency and price of the product (I think this may be self-explanatory – as some wineries may have the tendency to overprice their product, and/or limit any discounts and availability). Taken as a whole, the evaluation process is still difficult because of again, its subjective nature. And, one needs to take into consideration that wine taste and quality varies from region to region, barrel to barrel, grape to grape, vine to vine and harvest to harvest, not to mention again – our individual taste buds. I hope this clarifies my measuring method for you! Don't whine, just wine!
Cuban Sandwich Worldwide
Bouillabaisse: Quest for the Best
This is a quest begin to find the best Bouillabaisse, objectively and subjectively! The original from Marseille is a straightforward Provençal fish/seafood stew and this is to share my passion of it for the benefit of a novice as well as an experienced connoisseur! Bon Appétit!