Are you tired of the national food chains and want something different? A place that makes you feel like you have entered the home of a good friend or family member, well welcome to Voce Ristorante and Music Lounge.
Upon entering through the front doors of the restaurant you are surrounded by warm and inviting hues. The restaurant walls are engulfed in a red/orange color scheme with velvet drapes that cover the large windows from floor to ceiling. There are sconces on the walls as well as Italian photography, and art work that makes you feel like you just entered a quaint restaurant in a location in Italy.
The lounge section of the facility has overstuffed chocolate brown leather couches and sectionals with large throw pillows to lean back on for additional comfort. In the back of the lounge is a large granite bar with accompanying bar stools. Copa style tables are located throughout the lounge area and velvet drapes are on the entire wall area behind the stage. The walls throughout the lounge and entrance foyer are decorated with classic LP record albums as well as signed photos of well known artists and celebrities.
The owners of the restaurant and lounge are Khani Cole, the well known International Recording Artist, who previously performed at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs for over 10 years and her husband Mike Florio, who has managed many Jazz artists previously and is the drummer of the house band. Renowned Chef, Michael Lepore heads the food portion of the restaurant/lounge and is the third partner in the venture. When the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs closed to remodel their facility, Khani decided that it was time to make a move and to go in a different direction. At that point Khani and her husband teamed up with Chef, Michael Lepore. Lepore had taken over Leccabaffi Restaurant about five years prior to the new joint venture with Cole and Florio. With Lepore’s outstanding chef capabilities and Cole and Florio’s entertainment skills and knowledge a new venue was created Voce Ristorante and Music Lounge.
Lepore states that his cooking experience dates back to his early childhood when he would spend many a day watching his Mother cook many Italian dishes in their family kitchen. Matter of fact the recipes for many of the dishes created at Voce come from his Mother and her Old World style of cooking. Lepore’s family is formerly from Bari, Italy and he came to the United States when he was about three years old. Much of Lepore’s style of cooking is that of a blend of Old World Europe and Southern Italy.
There is an extensive wine list, as well as the facility having a full liquor license to be able to serve generally any type of alcoholic drink that you may request in the restaurant and the lounge.
The Bruschetta, flat bread and sour dough bread are baked on the premises daily in a brick oven located in the back section of the lounge and bar area. Pizza is also made in the same brick oven and the crust is wonderful.
There is an extensive appetizer menu featuring such items as grilled Calamari, Eggplant Fritelle with grated Pecorino Cheese and Caprese Salad, just to mention a few selections. The Caprese Salad contains Buffalo Mozzarella cheese, Roma tomato slices and fresh Basil, it is an excellent selection to arouse your palete.
Main courses of interest are Gnocchi, which tends to melt in your mouth. Fresh homemade Ravioli filled with Swiss Chard and Veal, which is smothered in a Bolognese sauce and is absolutely outstanding. Rigatoni pasta is homemade and includes such additions as sausage, tomatoes and peas and covered with a robust red sauce. Of course they have a complete array of meats, chicken and seafood dishes as well. The sausage and pasta are homemade on the premises just like the bread products.
Of course when it comes to desserts the signature item at Voce is Tiramisu. It is absolutely delectable in taste and is probably one of the best Tiramisu desserts to be found in Scottsdale. A true Italian meal would not be complete without a robust coffee, Espresso or Cappuccino to accompany your dessert.
After completion of your meal you can venture over to the lounge portion of the facility for an evening of live entertainment. On many a night it is not unusual to find many world renowned artists sitting in with the house band and just jamming. There have also been concerts in the lounge featuring local, regional, national and international entertainers. You can rub shoulders with world class musicians, various celebrities, pro athletes and politicians in the lounge at Voce. There is a small cover charge on Friday and Saturday evening, and concert ticket prices vary.
There is also an outdoor patio seating area. The owners have additional plans on transforming this exterior area into a comfortable and inviting atmosphere, similar to one found inside the establishment. They have done a wonderful job not only with the interior of the restaurant and lounge in the time period that they have been open, but with their extensive menu selections as well.
In summary if you want a wonderful Italian meal and an evening of live entertainment, Voce Ristorante and Lounge is certainly a place to enjoy a romantic evening for two, a family gathering, office party or whatever event that may come to mind. You will certainly not be disappointed with the quality of the food and the pricing structure is actually less expensive than you would find in other restaurants of the same caliber.