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“We are not a corporate store where your dinner is plopped down before you’ve taken a few bites of your salad,” says Renzka. “We want people to come to dinner and spend a few hours. We don’t start your entrée until you let your server know you are ready. Then we serve you a lemon sorbet to cleanse your palate.”


The traditional service is refl ected in the menu featuring pastas, seafood, veal, chicken, beef and homages to their Eastern European heritage such as schnitzels and a light, fl avorful cabbage dish that bears no resemblance to the overly sweet canned variety commonly served. Renzka says Hugh Downs once rated their beef stroganoff as among the best in the world.


Pasta dishes are perfectly cooked and sauced well. Renzka points out that their prime rib dinner ($18.95) is one of their most popular and attributes it to his skill in the kitchen and the choice Angus beef he uses. He adds that everything is made from scratch with no canned sauces.


The salad bar, free and unlimited with dinner, sets the tone for the meal to follow. Lovely chilled plates are waiting for three kinds of greens, homemade


dressings, Kalamata olives, beets, pasta salad and an array of crispy veggies, cheeses and other salad makings.


Appetizers large enough for two to three diners average $4. The mushrooms are large, meaty and bursting with buttery fl avor. Guests will want to use the crusty bread to sop up every drop.


Hamburgers and Coney Island hot dogs are family friendly choices.


Portions are ample but it would be a shame to miss desserts, priced from $3.50 to $4.95, such as the tiramisu and massive, delicious wedge of multi- layered chocolate cake.


Renzka says they expect to have their liquor license by Labor Day, although it will be to serve beverages at the tables as well as fl ambé dishes and after-dinner drinks. He does not plan to open a bar. He adds that the mellow atmosphere is winning raves from local Sun Lakes and Trilogy clientele, as well as the young families seeking reasonably priced, quality food in a comfortable, bright setting.


The doors open at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday for a light breakfast featuring omelettes, fruits and baked goods. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., lunch is served


G.A.I.N. kick-off announced


Information, block party kits and other goodies will be given away at the annual G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) event, held 10 a.m. to 1 p m. Sat., Sept. 25 at the Chandler Police Department Community Room.


Residents can also register their G.A.I.N. block party for a visit from Handy the Graffi ti Buster, Darren the DARE Lion, Crime Prevention Unit Hotrod, ID Technician Van,


Police Department Command, members of the Chandler Fire and Police Departments and more.


The actual statewide crime prevention celebration is Sat., Oct. 23, when neighborhoods around the city hold block watch parties and other events to help prevent crime when the police department shows their appreciation for those in the community who support their efforts. To schedule visits for a G.A.I.N celebration, sponsored


by Target, contact Offi cer Gerard Ruhland at 480-782- 4530 or by email at gerard.ruhland@chandleraz.gov. To have a block party and block off a street, call 480-782- 4967 to request a permit.


For additional information about Crime Prevention Programs at the Police Department, located at 250 E. Chicago St. in downtown Chandler, call the Crime Prevention Unit at 480-782-4521.


with classic sandwiches and a $6.95 all-you-can-eat homemade soups and salad bar. From 2 to 4:30 p.m., Bob and his son prepare for dinner, which is served until 8 p.m.


Make a reservation by calling 480-895-8845 and receive a complimentary appetizer at dinner. Natalia’s 1912 is located at 3140 S. Gilbert Rd. in Chandler.


Joan Westlake is a longtime journalist and East Valley resident. She can be reached at Joan@SanTanSun.com.


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