For nearly two decades restaurateur & chef, Lisa Dahl has been enticing Sedona diners with her exquisite Italian cuisine at both Dahl & DiLuca and Cucina Rustica. These days Dahl is rocking the Sedona food scene with her Latin restaurant, Mariposa. Inspired by her travels to Argentina, Uruguay and Chile; Mariposa offers a fresh, seasonal, South American menu cooked in a wood oven and grill.
Mariposa has an elegant indoor dining room, an outdoor terrace and a large bar area, but the main attraction, aside from the food, is the stunning view. Set on a bluff overlooking the majestic red rocks, Mariposa offers customers the ultimate fine dining experience of delicious food along with breathtaking views.
On a recent visit we were treated to a delicious feast. Appetizers included a tangy bowl of gazpacho served with an avocado topped plantain.
We also received a platter of fried avocado, a first for me, served with a smoky pimento aioli and the most delicious corn & queso empanadas.
The star of the night was Dahl's signature Pulpo Parilla, a combination of grilled Spanish octopus, butter beans and fennel slaw in a light vinaigrette. The texture was perfect and the taste was to die for.
Our entrees included a tender skirt steak marinated in chimichurri and served with delicious yucca fries.
The fish of the day, which was served with roasted tomatoes, charred corn and a quinoa pilaf, was mild tasting with a moist and flaky texture that held up nice to the white wine butter sauce.
We finished off our meal with a decadent chocolate tort adorned with dulce de leche gelato.
If you find yourself in the Sedona area, I highly recommend making plans for dinner at Mariposa....you won't be disappointed.
This experience was provided complimentary all opinions are my own.