Nestled next door to the Tempe Transportation Center on Arizona State University’s campus, sits Citrine, the newest addition to the bustling growth of restaurants popping up in the heart of Tempe. Chef Peter DeRuvo and restaurateur Nick Neuman of Scottsdale’s Evo opened the place in just 31 days after receiving the keys. After 2 weeks or so of soft openings, I was delighted to be invited to their media grand opening dinner on behalf of AZFoodie, and it did not disappoint.
With an open patio, draped with bistro lights, and a completely stocked- 30-seat bar, we were greeted at the door with peach bellinis and wine before taking a seat in the open dining area. We watched as their chefs prepared each course in their open kitchen with modern Italian items such as wood-fired dishes, housemade pastas, charcuterie, bruschetta, and more. Open from 11am to 11pm everyday, grab one of the 75 seats inside, or venture out onto their 40-seat patio and enjoy the fall weather. Here’s a look into a few of the dishes they are serving up to the public now!
Insalata di fungi + white asparagus + truffle cheese
Citrine is located at 200 E 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281