Nonni's Kitchen Owners Tom and Chrysa Kaufman have created an Italian-inspired spot in which old cooking utensils and vintage photos convey the kitschy warmth of grandmas and their kitchens everywhere. The restaurant offers crispy pressed chicken, miniature doughnuts to be dipped in honey and even some recipes straight from Chrysa's Italian grandma (4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602-977-1800).
Valencia Lane With its tiny garden and cinnamon-tinted walls, Michael Hoobler's snug Mediterranean-inspired restaurant is a far cry from the elegant T. Cook's, over which he once presided. But it doesn't matter: His lobster-truffle risotto and his pork chop with fig chutney represent some of the simplest but most sophisticated food in the city (5620 E. Thomas Rd., Phoenix; 480-945-4503).
Convivo Locals loved Jeffrey Beeson's lobster-and-roasted-corn tamales when he was at Different Pointe of View; now that he's opened his own place, they can enjoy those tamales and his ancho-chile fudge brownies as well (7000 N. 16th St., Phoenix; 602-997-7676).