I am no fan of the Olive Garden by any means (Italian food for people who want to say/think they eat Italian food but don't actually want to do it), but the reason the chapter meets there is very simple. It is the only place we could find that could accomodate us in a private/semi-private room without charging an arm and a leg, was centrally located, and also takes separate checks.
We used to have a great meeting place in downtown Scottsdale, but it went out of business. The next place was pretty decent foodwise, but the meeting space was too small and frankly the service was not that great sometimes. Trust me, lots of folks have put a lot of effort into finding a decent place to meet over the years, and it just ain't that easy. Jason, if you have a better idea, let the local chapter officers know.
AROC-USA National Concours Chair
No I understand why you meet there!
Italian grotto is a great place but small. I know the owner pretty well.
I don' think Gary went out of business? He has been there for 20 years or so. Fantastic food. Slightly americanized but still very good. Great atmosphere!!
Kind of your typical East coast Joint.
I have no idea where to meet as I have not researched it. So I suppose OG is best.
That place on Scottsdale rd IMO is not very good and yes service is not good either. My wifes friend's mother runs the place. It's OK at best!
I may have some suggestions so that at least the Alfa club can get some good Italian food in their bellies.
No disrespect, it just stinks that you have to meet at such a place, thats all. Not that I should care much as I never can make it. So I should not say anything either.
Maybe I can help in someway.