Madness takes flight at wing finalist restaurants

2014-04-03T00:00:00Z Madness takes flight at wing finalist restaurantsBy Johanna Willett Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Wildcats and wings go together.

So it’s no surprise that lots of University of Arizona basketball fans found their way into Tucson’s top wing spots in recent weeks.

Last week we asked the four finalists in our Wing Madness competition to weigh in on hosting the legions of fans that dined in decked out in red and blue to support the Wildcats’ run through March Madness. On game day, they invited fans to settle in and bear down as a community, win or lose.

Bianchi’s Italian

1110 N. Silverbell Road, manager Dani Warren.

  • The vibe?
  • “We’re always packed for UA games. ... We get a lot of families and big groups and a lot of pickups and deliveries.”
  • Any deals?
  • “We usually do stuff on pizzas, but not wings for game days.” Check for specials.
  • Most popular wings?
  • Buffalo wings.
Wooden Nickel Tavern

1908 S. Country Club Road, owner Joey Varela.

  • The vibe?
  • “This neighborhood is all about the U of A. It’s a lot of red, blue and white in there, and when they win it’s just crazy. ... I hung a UA banner up for the Wildcats, so I’m flying the UA flag now.”
  • Any deals?
  • Sometimes the bar does shot specials for a Wildcat win or during games.
  • Most popular wings?
  • Raspberry chipotle wings.
Thunder Canyon Brewery

7401 N. La Cholla Blvd. and 220 E. Broadway, Foothills Mall manager Jason Schneider.

  • The vibe?
  • “The atmosphere is great. It’s a packed house and everyone is in a good mood. It’s not a crazy let’s-throw-the-glasses-around-if-they-miss place. It’s a good, fun place. People get here early to get their seats, because they have to sit in those seats, because the Wildcats won last time they sat there.”
  • Any deals?
  • Happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. everyday, $1 off well drinks, house wine and draft beer. Monday through Friday, half-priced appetizers.
  • Most popular wings?
  • Tornado wings.
Home Plate

4880 E. 22nd St., co-owner Steve Anselmo.

  • The vibe?
  • “It’s pretty exciting. They’re excited about their team. Like any town or college, when they’re on the bandwagon, they’re on the bandwagon. You take it with a grain of salt. Most people are wearing a Sweet Sixteen or Arizona shirt.”
  • Any deals?
  • During happy hour.
  • Most popular wings?
  • Hot wings.

Contact reporter Johanna Willett at or 573-4357.

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