Movie 43 and Dinner at Davanti Enoteca in Scottsdale
|Finally something short and sweet.|
Since Movie 43 was a grip on tasteless short films, we decided to go to one of our favorite new Italian joints that serves flavorful small plates. Luckily, there was no need for a weak and mildly self-indulgent plot line to weave our different plates together--just quality ingredients executed properly.
We started off with a vasi ($7) of ricotta and local honeycomb with tuscan crostini on the side. Act for act, the buttery toast, smooth ricotta and sweet and chewy comb performed head and shoulders above the first Movie 43 performance, despite their use of A and B list celebs. Next we grabbed a grilled asparagus antipasti ($10) with sweet pickled rhubarb and spicy black pepper marscapone and a creamy burrata insalate ($12) with basil pesto and Campari tomatoes roasted on the vine. Both were tasty and light, with just enough to tease the palate without weighing down your tummy for the next round of plates.
We had to try some fresh pasta while at Davanti so we went with the raviolo ($10), which might be one of the tastiest single raviolos we've had. The browned butter on top and the blended spinach and gooey egg yolk on the inside make for a completely luxurious pasta. Our only complaint with their raviolo is that you only get one. That's not to say it isn't worth the price tag, just that we could happily eat those raviolos all night. Last but not least, we tried the lightly sweet and tangy seasonal Bosc pear tarte with vanilla gelato a la mode ($8) paired with a hot, foamy cappuccino. Overall, the plates at Davanti were bigger stars than any of the Hollywood-types that Movie 43 so heavily relied on.