Alibi V.16 No.23 • June 7-13, 2007 
Giovanni's dishes out a mammoth half-Napoli, half-pepperoni-and-green-chile pizza.

The Dish

New Perennial Favorites, Part Two—This multipart edition of "The Dish" is devoted to established Albuquerque chefs who are stepping up to the range at new projects. Click here to read last week's installation on Sam Etheridge's forthcoming Nob Hill Bar and Grill.

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Giovanni's dishes out a mammoth half-Napoli, half-pepperoni-and-green-chile pizza.
Xavier Mascareñas

Restaurant Review

Giovanni’s Pizzeria

Thinner is better

My first theater experience was in 1986, when I was marched to an off-Broadway production of Animal Farm with several of my classmates. Since I was much too young to grasp the underlying theme of the plot (this being the gloomy, Orwellian allegorical vision of the Communist revolution), I just enjoyed the idea that animals could walk, talk and do human stuff.

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Shannon Walker, a manager at Brasserie La Provence, chats with a customer after filling his glass.
Xavier Mascareñas

It's Just Grape Juice

New Grapes on the Block

Sampling the wine at Brasserie La Provence

French wine is by far my favorite—a bad French Bordeaux is better than a good California Meritage, and a stinky Burgundy is better than a perfumed Oregon Pinot Noir any day. So when I heard a new French wine-oriented restaurant was opening in Nob Hill, I about wet my pants. To the benefit of my pants and my pride, I was able to pull myself back together when I discovered that Michael Cooperman (creator of the somewhat bloated but nonetheless chock-full-of-great-finds wine menu at Scalo) crafted the wine list at La Provence. Given that brasserie or brewery usually implies a more comfortable and laid-back environment, I thought I would reserve my judgment.

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Steak and Spirits

Ruth's Chris and Broken Trail Distillery Paired Spirit Dinner

A four-course paired dinner featuring sizzling steaks paired with the local spirits in custom made cocktails. Reservations required.
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Craft Drafts and Tasty Trucks

The 5th Annual Great N.M. Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

A festival filled with craft beer, great food, an arts market, live music by local bands Reverend E and the Vagrants, Michael Moxey and the Easy Sinners, Sourpuss and more.
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Chowtown Restaurant Guide

At some point down the line Thai food became synonymous with comfort food for me. It was my family’s favorite dining out cuisine when I was young, and now I have a lot of good nostalgia wrapped up in the smell of lemongrass and curry. Tom kha gai, papaya salad and pad see ew are my go-to orders when I’m sick or just craving something warming and familiar, so I’ve visited most of the Thai spots in town to find some of my favorites of each. That GrubHub bill is getting a little out of control at this point, honestly.

Here’s a few of my favorite spots to order Thai in the Duke City. May they bring you many spicy tears and great evenings.