The forecast is predicting a chilly and rainy weekend in Phoenix. For those who refuse to waste their time indoors and don’t mind a short drive, Tucson just might be the answer. A straight shot 100 miles down the freeway, our neighbors to the South will be enjoying 72 degree, rain-free weather. Although most visitors to the city think about Mexican food and culture in while in Wildcat country, there are surprisingly a few rare Italian gems hidden in the area. One thing most can agree upon is that it is hard to beat an Italian sports car, authentic Italian cuisine and live jazz music sung by the Italian-American, Tony Frank.
The first stop visitors to Tucson should insist upon making this weekend is to Larry H. Miller Alfa Romeo and FIAT Tucson. The site now proudly displays the highly elite Alfa Romeo name, and has become one of only two designated locations in the state of Arizona to carry the line. In December, the dealership debuted the stunning Italian 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Launch Edition to the public.
With only 82 Alfa Romeo dealerships in the country spread across 33 carefully selected states, Larry H. Miller Alfa Romeo and FIAT Tucson is in fine company. Only the best of the best franchises were chosen to display the Alfa Romeo title after a vigorous screening and training process.
The beautifully crafted Italian two-seater comes with premium speakers, a security system, 237 horsepower and a 1750 turbo-charged I4 engine. The sleek, six-speed automatic goes from zero to 60 mph in an impressive 4.1 seconds, making it one of the fastest sports cars in its class. Tucson residents may have to act just as quickly if they hope to obtain this rare find. Larry H. Miller Alfa Romeo only receives one stylish 4C model every month, with an average price tag of $85,000. The dealership’s first three Alfa Romeos were sold before the vehicles’ Pirelli Z-rated tires hit the lot. Due in large part to its sleek Italian engineering, suave style and unparalleled performance, future Alfa Romeo arrivals will likely continue not to collect any dust in the showroom.
After acquiring an appetite for the finer things in life at the Alfa Romeo dealership, it will definitely be time for some traditional Italian fare. Head over to Caffe Torino in Foothills for an unbelievable dinner, drinks and dancing. The restaurant is family owned and operated by Ollie Shouse and Daniela Borella. Their second restaurant in the Foothills area opened in 2013 and has a wonderfully unique Arizona shaped patio equipped with a water feature representing the Colorado River. The food is the star though. Start off with the antipasto appetizer, a healthy assortment of Italian meats and cheeses, olives, roasted garlic, grilled vegetables, and crostini. Then while enjoying a glass of Tiziano Chianti, order the most delicate and delicious Gnocchi di ricotta, served with your favorite sauce, or the homemade Lasagna alla Bolognese that is almost as good as Nana’s. Finally, satisfy your sweet tooth with a savory Italian dessert— there are plenty to choose from.
As if the meal and ambiance aren’t enough, on Saturday nights Tony Frank and Friends play exceptional jazz and blues music from 6 -9 p.m. The band is well known and respected on the Tucson music scene. They perform nearly seven nights a week, but Saturdays are devoted to Caffe Torino. Their music is smooth, sophisticated and will take you back to a time when life was more simple. Their melodies are the perfect accompaniment to a romantic evening on the patio at Caffe Torino.
Enjoy an Italian-themed day trip to Tucson this weekend and make some memories with loved ones that certainly won’t be forgotten anytime soon. For more information about purchasing the Italian sports car dreams are made of from Larry H. Miller Alfa Romeo and FIAT Tucson, visit http://www.fiatusaoftucson.com/index.htm. To make reservations or learn more about Caffe Torrino visit http://www.caffetorinotucson.com/ and to check out Tony Frank’s homepage go to https://tonyfrank.bandpage.com/.