Timo: New Sunnyslope Wine Bar Kicks Out Crazy-Good, Wood-Fired Fare

Categories: First Taste

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Get this: Prosciutto, copa, and triple cream brie sandwich.
When a new spot opens in town, we can't wait to check it out -- and let you know our initial impressions. Share a few photos, some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

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Restaurant: Timo
Location: 8801 North Central Avenue
Open For: One month.
Eats: Spanish-style tapas, wood-fired pizzas, flatbreads, and sandwiches.
Price Point: $10-$30

Last month, when I talked with Heinrich Stasiuk, owner of Brick, the gourmet pizzeria that opened last year in the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix, he was so excited about Timo, his new wine bar in Sunnyslope, I couldn't wait to visit myself.

I'm so glad I did.

Along with a stellar selection of wine and beer, the food at Timo, which means thyme in Italian, comes courtesy of chef and co-owner Mercer Mohr, who also oversees Brick and was previously with Ken's Creekside in Sedona and the Four Seasons restaurant in San Francisco. The lunch and dinner menus include Spanish-style tapas, and wood-fired pizzas, flatbreads, bruschetta, and sandwiches. There's also a weekend mimosa brunch and a late night menu from 10 p.m. until midnight.

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The interior of Timo is equally as nice as the patio.
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Warm figs, blue cheese, and prosciutto.
I started off with fresh baked bread from the only means of cooking Timo has: its wood-fired oven. Served up round, warm and wonderful, it had a slightly salty flavor I couldn't get enough of.

Next came a tasty tapas plate of warm figs stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped in prosciutto, making for a unique sweet, salty, and cheesy flavor combination that fared better than the lamb chops, which were unfortunately over-cooked. The woodsy and fragrant truffle soup was another winner, but a little goes a long way, so either really like truffle soup or plan on sharing with a friend.

My server, as friendly as she was helpful, suggested for a main course I order up a few of Timo's popular bruschettas or her favorite wood-fired sandwich: the prosciutto, copa, and triple cream brie. I took her up on the sandwich and was not disappointed. Stacked high with layers of the signature ingredients along with lettuce, tomatoes, and tapenade, this two-handed hoagie was not only hungry man (or woman) ready, at $9.75 it had to be one of the best values on the menu -- to go box, please!

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Fresh baked bread.
​Timo's casual, cool interior features retractable doors that open to Central Avenue along with the joy of watching food come in and out of the wood-fired oven behind the bar. In the back, a sprawling patio is as equally welcoming with comfortable seating and mature trees. I'm anxious to get back for an outside experience as well as to try some additional dishes.

What say you, fans of the wine and the wood-fired fare? Have you been to Timo in Sunnyslope yet? What did you think?

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Location Info

Timo

8801 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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6 comments
Samgretting
Samgretting

We heard great things about timo and stopped by a few days after they opened.They are on to something over here. We have been back a few times and love it. The beer and wine list is awesome and the food is to die for. They baked their own breads in the wood oven. How awesome is that?

davelog
davelog

Is this where the Calico Cow used to be?

Ken
Ken

No...this is where Bombero's was.  Just up from Corbin's.

Farty McFadden
Farty McFadden

No, that place is now Dillons BBQ.This TIMOs place looks great, looking forward to trying it out.

Laura
Laura

I have been twice....once the day the opened, and again a week or two later. Fabulous food and great wines.  The sandwich I had was so big I took half home...well, I tried....but my husband got to it first! The prices are decent & their back patio is so incredibly relaxing! We'll definitely be back.

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