I would like to have explored the menu just a bit more. Perhaps I’ll have a chance sometime in the future.
Traveling through Scottsdale as part of my road trip to visit my family just after Thanksgiving proved to be a great opportunity to try some new restaurants and services in places I had yet to explore. S & V Urban Italian was just one such place.
I saw many items on the menu that I wanted to try; the garlic knots, spinach ravioli and the calamari along with the linguine and clams just to name a few. I also some other entree items that would have helped me give a proper analysis of S & V, but with a limited group of just three people and their personal recommendations, I was very limited on my personal selections to what was recommended by someone who was a regular customer.
I was told about the bolognese from another person at our table as a ‘must try’, and to order extra sauce with my plate. I am very glad the bolognese was very good, but I ordered it with linguini instead of the menu’d rigatoni. I am sure it would have been better with the rigatoni to capture more of the sauce; however there was more than enough lackluster garlic bread that seemed to keep coming to the table to mop up the remaining sauce. Along with my plate I also ordered a side of the tasty mirrored copy meatball of the spaghetti and meatball plate that was also ordered at our table. The meatball was good, but the spaghetti that was ordered was not much of an exploratory test. I liken that order to eating at ‘Old Spaghetti Factory’. Talk about ordering the plain and usual.
I also tasted the large portioned appetizer Mussels Fra Diablo. Upon ordering the server questioned the guest’s tolerance for the menued spicy marinara that was apparently more spicy to that guest than usual. The sauce was again very delicious, spicy and complained about by the guest that had eaten this plate before, as was the swiftly downed Italian (style) Margarita that was pointed out to the server to have too much ice. I think someone was exceptionally thirsty. I tasted the drink and it seemed to be only different than its Mexican counterpart with some added sparkling water. I was not impressed with that drink. Also, the delicious sauce that accompanied the mussels was plentiful, but the bread again was not delightful to use a a sponge as it just broke up mid-taste.
Big positives were the big portions, the two sauces and I didn’t have to pay. Big letdowns were the garlic bread and I didn’t get a chance to try what I really wanted to try.
With the mixed reviews that I read after our visit, I am assuming some menu items and servers may be better that others here at S & V; but with the clientele here in Scottsdale, it is probably more of a hit, than a miss. Tonight my experience deserved the extra eggplant mark.