Open just a little over 3 weeks Timo Wine Bar is a nice laid back dining spot in Central Phoenix. The space, formerly owned by Bomberos, has been updated slightly to add a rather nice bar area and a wood fire oven. Bomberos patio fans fear not they left the awesome outdoor eating area intact.
My friend and I, needing to catch up on some girl talk, decided to meet at this little gem of a place for an early mid week dinner and couldn't have been happier. The sunset menu is composed of mostly shareable items with a few sandwiches, salads and flat bread pizzas included. All of the bread used is made in house and cooked in the wood oven; which to me is a big Yum!
Although they offer a happy hour; specials are limited to one $3 cheese of the day and a handful of $5 wines. Since we were there we decided to take advantage and try that days cheese offering; a mild cheddar encrusted in espresso powder & lavender drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Interesting combination of flavors and a nice portion for $3: but both my friend and I agreed it wouldn't be something we'd rush out to buy.
Next we decided to share a bruschetta board and the eggplant dip; what the waitress told us were two wonderful choices. You get to pick 3 toppings for your bruschetta. We opted for the roasted tomato with olives and triple cream brie, the spicy coppa with burrata cheese and a layer of house made pesto and the thinly sliced fresh figs and green apples also accompanied by triple cream brie. After tasting all 3 my friend and I both agreed that the roasted tomato was by far our favorite.
The eggplant dip, as they refer to it, was more like a caponata if you ask me. It was served up nicely with some goat cheese, black olives, tomato & onion slices and some warm crostini; all drizzled lightly with olive oil. Wonderful presentation and absolutely delicious.
Portions are nice size and definitely promote sharing. Unfortunately neither of us had saved room for the wood fired peach cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream that we kept seeing go by. Maybe on our next visit. I know I'll be going back to Timo soon.
Timo Wine Bar8801 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85020