DINE IN, DINE OUT: Dellepiane a great Argentinian experience for the Village
Tomas Agastino has brought Dellepiane from Buenos Aires to the VOC. He’s taken over the space where four former owners tried and couldn’t make it for one reason or another.
We think Dellepiane has a long future here. The menu is extensive, the prices are competitive, the bar provides craft beers, wines and cocktails, the pastry chef has a temping case of goodies both for service and take-home, the lighting and sound levels are acceptable and there’s indoor and outdoor seating. We say the atmosphere is charged.
The name of the restaurant honors Argentinian hero Luis Dellepiane, born in 1865 and still revered in Argentine today. Tomas, owner, chef and the menu creator, had both Buenos Aires and Sedona Hillside businesses going well until COVID forced the sale in Argentina. The Collective opening provide the space he desired for a growing clientele and expanded menu, thus the move to the VOC.
In May we had our first dinner there: filet, veal parmesano and a delicious dessert, Dulce de Leche made with goat milk. Then we hooked Tim and Kathy Cox into splitting The Argentine Experience Platter with us.
4 empanadas - Green Chile, Capresse, Beef & Squash, and Chicken Pot Pie
2 Argentine Sausages - we did not opt for the Black Pudding choice, enjoyed the other
1 Provoleta - cheese smoked and grilled topped with veggies
2 Grass Fed Short Ribs
1 Skirt Steak
½ Peruvian Chicken - brined, dry rubbed, roasted, and moist
Basket of Garlic Fries
To complement this, we shared Juggerrnaut Cab wine from Colorado, “House Made Hot Sauce “called OJO (meaning warning!) We also shared desserts: Churros stuffed with dulce de leche, and Brownie Nutella Walnut Empanada with vanilla ice cream AND whipped cream. More than enough for four and decadent!
One more purposeful visit to try out the sandwiches. Very difficult choices. Rosemary Mays steered us toward the Cubano and on site camerero, Ito, said the Delepiane Burger was just the right combination. Roger Naylor in a 2017 review used the words “sandwich architecture” to complement Dellepiane’s offerings. Both were delicious and with fries, a beer and large enough to share and take home.
Tomas is very proud to bring quality ingredients to make foods with a Latin flair, something he knew people in Sedona like. His OJO hot sauce even has a Sedona mellower twist to it. Two special attractions are the “Loyalty Club”, whereby frequent diners receive credits for future meals. Ask at the entrance to get registered. The other attraction for the summer is later night hours, Thursdays-Saturdays. DJ music and special events, like a Paella Night will be offered.
Dellepiane is open seven days a week 11:30 a.m.-closing. The extensive menu can be found at Dellepianeburger.com. No reservations are taken but a call to 928-862-4129 can give you an idea of seating space. Cash saves you the credit card fee – a recent trend at more than one restaurant.
Many thanks to Tomas and his staff for their time and kindness. Also, to the Coxes- foodies and fun!
To Your Health and Happiness,
Jeff and Suzie @ The Dunnery.