Central Bistro in Arcadia: Happy Hour Report Card
The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 2 until 6 p.m.
Arcadia has a wealth of both established main hang eateries and new ones popping up all the time. Last year, Central Bistro emerged onto the scene with French and Italian cooking combined with a upscale casual atmosphere. Although it's located in a shopping plaza off of 32nd Street and Camelback Road, it might be harder than you'd expect to find parking if you don't opt for valet. However, once inside you'll find cozy bench-seated tables, rustic rope-framed lighting fixtures and a pretty stellar wine wall.
French and Italian cooking during Central Bistro's happy hour essentially means tuna tartare, grilled octopus with putanessca, pizzas and $1 oysters du jour. We tried the pulled chicken pesto pizza with a generous arugula topping for just under $8. While it isn't the picture of authentic pizza in a town of Pizzeria Bianco, The Parlor and Pomo, it's certainly worth the price. The house marinated mixed Spanish olives for $2.50 are great to nibble on between dishes, with different aging and varieties showcasing a blend of flavors.
On the lighter side, there's wood-grilled artichoke for $4.50 or you can go all out on your carb allocation for the day and try out the drunk bread. The crusty, day old bread is soaked in a white wine sauce and topped with creamy Swiss fondue. For $2 extra, you can top off that delightful gut bomb with prosciutto. We're not saying the drunk bread is the most culinarily interesting dish, even compared to others on the menu, but it is a certainly satisfying appetizer to split with a friend if you're willing to feel a little guilty after.
Heather Hoch The pesto and pulled chicken pizza is at least worth $8 during happy hour.