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Nestled into the foothills of North Scottsdale, this quaint eatery aims to please.  Julien and I tend to neglect this area north of the 101, so we were finally excited to make our way over here.

Rhythm and Wine's concept as you already guessed is iconic music mixed with wine.  As you walk in the walls are lined with photos and posters of classic musicians and their music played softly in the background.  Throughout the restaurant there were people of all ages from 20 - 80 and a few parties were hosted in the patio area since it was a lovely 80 degrees outside.  Now on the best part: the yummy food!

We walked in around 5:30 surprised to see a very healthy crowd had developed.  The hostess apologized deeply for not having a table available at the moment and was kind enough to point us to the bar where we could still enjoy their happy hour ($3 off wine, $2 off liquor, $1 off beer for those inquiring minds).  We sat down and ordered the Santa Christina Antinori Sangiovese and the Freakshow Cabernet while wonderful smells wafted from the kitchen. 
   
    When our table was ready, we were seated outside at their welcoming patio with sunset views.  We were immediately served a plate of warm bread with some dipping sauce which was a mix of EVOO, balsamic, and a roasted clove of garlic.  I was quite hungry, so we scarfed that down and moved onto the menu.  Let me tell you!  The theme continued on to the names of every dish: “THE SGT. PEPPER-RONI,”  "BARRY’S WHITE," "COURTNEY LOVES THIS CHICKEN PASTA," and "WE GOT THE BEET" SALAD."  Very cute!

    After watching everyone else receive their food around us, we settled on the bruschetta and their "Hall of Fame" thin crust pizza.  You get to choose three of their four types of bruschetta: Roma tomato with mozzarella and basil ~ Proscuitto with candied walnuts and asparagus ~ Brie and apples with fig jam ~ Pesto salami.  We skipped on the proscuitto with walnuts due to Julien's nut allergy.  For the pizza, we ordered the "Meaty" which was topped with Prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, red sauce, mozzarella and Irish cheddar.  

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The bruschetta was scrumptious - and I think the best part about it was they conveniently pre-sliced them in half making them easy to share and less mess.  Hands down our favorite was the pesto salami and if we tried the dish again we would get two of those and the mozzarella basil.

The pizza came next and was positively yummy!  The sauce was homemade and had just a tiny bit of spice.  You could tell they truly pride themselves in the craftsmanship of simple dishes.  The toppings were arranged symmetrically giving every bite some flavor from the toppings.  The cheese also was very yummy with the mix of cheddar and mozzarella. 

As we started winding down our dinner, they brought a trio of young performers into the patio area.  Since

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they were twin teenage girls, I was intrigued to hear what they might play.  Once they finally setup, they played a very diverse mix of music from classic to modern including artists like Adele.  If we had not planned to go to the comedy club afterwards I could envision sitting outside and listening to them sing most of the night. 

So thinking about the entire experience, I have to give it a thumbs up 4 star score.  This may be off the beaten path, but one worth a drive and visit!