2013-10-03T00:00:00Z 2014-07-03T10:28:48Z MorselsBy Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Vero Amore moving in 6 weeks – but not far

Vero Amore is about six weeks away from moving into its new digs, but details have leaked out.

The new restaurant will remain in Plaza Palomino — about 300 feet south of its current location on the southeast corner of East Fort Lowell and North Swan roads.

It’ll be roomy — more than 3,000 square-feet — with patio dining and a speakeasy. OK, we don’t believe it’s a real speakeasy, which is a place that sells illegal alcohol. It will be more like a space for private parties. It’ll have a hidden door, and Vero Amore’s marketing rep Katie Garber says you will need a secret word to get in. Think the song “Hernando’s Hideaway” (for those of you who are not musical theater geeks, the song is from “The Pajama Game”): “Just knock three times and whisper low/that you and I were sent by Joe.” We suspect Vera Amore’s secret password will be more like “we’re here for the Jones party,” but who knows.

The menu, Garber tells us, will be tweaked some. In addition to pizza, pasta and panini, they’ll have steaks and chops cooked on the new grill.

Vero Amore closed its original location at 3305 N. Swan Road about a year ago, and quickly moved to its current space, once occupied by Luna Bella. At the time, owners Aric and Joshua Mussman said the move was just temporary. Original plans were to have moved to the new space last spring.

The brothers also own a Vero Amore in Marana and Noble Hops in Oro Valley.

Aaron May’s Heist Pizza Parlour opens

Aaron May’s newest Tucson creation opens today on the east side.

Heist Pizza Parlour swings open the doors at 11 a.m. — it actually quietly opened last Thursday with May in the open kitchen.

Heist specializes in artisan pies — thin-crusted pizzas, fast baked in a gas-fired/open-flame oven, emerging bubbly with handmade mozzarella. May tops them with inventive ingredients including chiles, smoked mozzarella, cherries, housemade fennel sausage and Brussels sprouts that serve as the base for his “Every Day I’m Brusselin’” pie that pairs the little cabbagy heads with tangy goat cheese and rich pancetta.

Pies run $11 to $15 and they are big enough — 13 inches — to feed three.

Heist, 7131 E. Broadway, is open until 10 p.m. weekdays.

May has two other Tucson restaurants: May’s Counter Chicken & Waffles on East Speedway and The Lodge Sasquatch Kitchen at the Foothills Mall.

Aussie Cantina to open near UA on Monday

After a summer of delays and setbacks, the Aussie Cantina is finally ready to open its doors.

Sally Shamrell-Murphy, wife of owner Glenn Murphy, said the restaurant, located at 1118 E. Sixth St., will launch on Monday, with their Aussie Rolls food truck following suit.

The original plan was to get the truck on the road by mid-summer, then open the Cantina in August just as students were returning to the university.

But Tucson had other plans.

In July, a monsoon storm caused thousands of dollars in damage to the roof.

It was followed by the theft of the Murphys’ tools from a trailer in the parking lot, as well as a 20-foot long “Coming Soon” sign.

Lump that in with the usual delays that come with opening a restaurant and the Murphys have had a long few months.

The Cantina will serve a variety of Australian-themed dishes, including sausage rolls and barramundi.

Follow it at online.

Kathleen Allen, Gerald M. Gay and Cathalena E. Burch

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