If my husband, Rich, and I win the lottery, the first place we would go is our favorite restaurant, Mary Ann and Richie’s, to talk about how we would spend our new fortune. Mary Ann and Richie’s is within walking distance from our home in Ahwatukee Foothills.
When you walk in this quaint restaurant you feel like you are family. You are greeted and seated by co-owner Richie Laser. He has such a warm, caring persona. He calls his wife and co-owner, Mary Ann Laser, from the kitchen to say hello. She greets us with a hug and tells us the specials for the evening.
Their son, David Laser, greets you with water, fresh bread, and oil and vinegar.
Jamie Santoro, their daughter, is the chef. She creates some of the best Italian meals from Mary Ann’s recipes that were handed down from her grandmother. She puts her own spin on the meals, and they are all prepared with tender loving care.
Angelo Zarlenga takes our order and suggests the perfect wine to enhance our meal. The lights are low, and the candles are lit. The romantic atmosphere is perfect for conversation.
After we ate one of the best Italian meals of our life, we were faced with the decision of choosing several homemade desserts. We opted for the ricotta cheesecake. It is so light and delicious, the only description that comes to mind is, “Oh my God. Thank you.”
You don’t need to win the lottery to eat at Mary Ann and Richie’s, because it is
moderately priced. If we could, we would eat there every night.
By PATTI KALESZ
Patti Kalesz, 58, of Ahwatukee Foothills is an administrative assistant in community relations for the Chandler Unified School District.
If you go:
Mary Ann and Richie’s
3941 E. Chandler Blvd.
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