Tucson Lifestyle Magazine: Flying V Featured In Must Try Restaurants in Tucson

Five for Feasting

Tucson, Arizona - March 13, 2017

After taking a post a little more than two years ago as sous chef at the Flying V, Paulo Nascimento- now the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine- has worked to make the menu his own while maintaining or paying tribute to long-standing menu favorites. “There are poplar items I inherited that stay, lie the baby back ribs and table-side guacamole,” Nascimento explains. And then there are some he brought in that immediately were catapulted to local favorite status, such as the calamari made with Japanese sushi-grade squid. “This is not your typical calamari dish with tentacles and rings, we use almost the whole animal,” he says. “Then it gets a special rub made with pasilla chiles, accompanied by a Thai-inspired herb salad and either a citrus or pomegranate glaze depending on the season.”

The menu changes regularly to reflect the season and region, whether that means a unique ingredient incorporated into the famous guacamole, or the addition of a whole new entree. Being born and raised in Brazil also accounts for some of Chef Nascimento’s inspiration, for example, the diver scallops- pan seared and served with white polenta, grilled apple, heirloom carrots and a Brazilian vinaigrette sauce called campanba.

Flying V Bar & Grill is located inside Loews Ventana Canyon on Tucson’s northeast side, in the Catalina Foothills… a location that makes for some breathtaking views, Nascimento agrees: “The view is up there with the food- it’s priceless. You can see the whole valley, with the waterfall and lake nearby. It’s perfect right around sunset.”

The dining room is a continuation of the regional, rustic elegance you see reflected throughout the resort, with windows aplenty to enjoy the views. Patio seating also is open beginning each spring.

Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 N. Resort Drive, 615-5495, loewshotels.com/ventana-canyon/dining/restaurant