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August 26, 2011


1008 E. Camelback Road, what a busy place! The moment you approach the patio you hear laughter and music. The servers were bringing food or clearing tables, yet with all the rush they stopped for a moment to greet us as we walked by, and not just a greeting as in passing but a warm smile and friendly words of welcome
as they acknowledged us as their guest. The atmosphere is definitely Italian; fun with people talking, laughing and dishes clanking in the background. I looked about and could see everyone was having a good time and enjoying their meal with friends or family. At no table did I see anyone sitting alone. Oregano’s is a place for groups of two or more people. It is very casual, very loud, lots of food and a lot of hustle and bustle.

For an appetizer, we ordered the brochette and it was wonderful. The freshest tomato, onions, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and basil leaves topped the freshly made bread. Cruets were placed at our table with warmed olive oil and balsamic vinegar adding flavor that was pleasing to everyone. Mmm, excuse me, my mouth is watering just remembering the flavor of the brochette. My meal was a hot Italian sausage sandwich with sauteed onions and peppers. “Momma Mia! That’s a spicy meatball”, I mean sausage! Incredible is all I can say.

Would I recommend this place to my friends? The ambiance is similar to an Applebee's or a Chilies restaurant without the large screen TV but they serve alcohol. Because of this, lunch would be the better time to eat there, since the patrons are local business professionals whose state of mind must remain competent.

What Cha Cooking, Oregano's Menu, August 25, 2011
“Momma Mia! That’s a spicy meatball”, Alka Seltzer Commercial 1969,  Arizona, August 27, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alka-Seltzer
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