Once the Arizona weather becomes tolerable, locals and visitors alike set out in search of charming, hole-in-the-wall restaurants to enjoy the fleeting, Fall evenings. Luckily, for the Ahwatukee populace, The Perfect Pear Bistro offers just that. An inviting, community atmosphere with intriguing meals to match.
Husband and wife team Chris and Laura Hove have been in the restaurant business since the beginning, opening restaurants for popular national chains. Finally they said, “it was our turn.” When it came time to come up with a name they decided The Perfect Pear, “is a great play on words and we felt could be used to express our relationship. As well the ‘pearing’ of wine and other endless ideas.” It is that foundation behind the pairings of artisan beer and dishes inspired by local, fresh produce that is sure to be a success. Since the bistro’s opening in September, the restaurant is nearly filled every night with patrons eager to sample the light but satisfying fare.
While The Perfect Pear may be the Hove’s first restaurant, one would never believe it after inspecting the menu. The bistro features health-conscious soups, salads, bruschetta, pasta, and sandwiches. “Fresh, seasonal and ripe food is the key component to great food,” the couple says. “We knew we wanted to vegetarian friendly at the same time being able to appeal to everyone,” and appeal to everyone they certainly do. With choices such as pesto cream linguini made with fresh tomato, arugula, and hazelnuts or a twist on a classic grilled cheese like the perfectly grilled cheese made with brie, pear, arugula, and bacon, it becomes a question of not what to order but how many nights in a row to dine in.
As for desserts, the creativity has been influenced by The Hove’s and even a local regular’s family recipe. It began with chocolate covered seasonal fruit and since then the couple has been experimenting with a pear and peach cobbler and cinnamon pear bread pudding. While they are not on the menu, be sure to ask your server about the dessert specials available and prepare to be amazed.
Chris and Laura also support their community by purchasing their ingredients from local suppliers daily. “We buy all of our produce and baked items daily and produce food as fresh as can be often times preparing items several times a day,” they say, proving that community is an integral piece to their success. They continue to note, “we also want to be responsible business owners and support health and wellness.” With a strong philosophy and passion for the art of cooking, this power couple has found the perfect outlet for their craft.
The inspiration behind opening this local hot spot comes from a place that cannot be taught by a textbook. Laura says, “I learned to appreciate the balance of food. The Yin and Yang of balancing sweet and sour with correct amount of seasoning and savoriness. We were inspired by what we eat and enjoy creating in our own home.” That homey feel allows guests to embrace what it means to sit down with family and loved ones to eat a meal together. In fact, it’s a proven fact that dining as a family bonds the members closer together and there’s no better place than the The Perfect Pear. As well as serving delicious creations to the eager Ahwatukee community, the Hove’s live by an undeniable truth: “You can’t fake fresh!”
The Perfect Pear Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, with some brunch specials on the weekend and holiday Mondays. Be sure to check out The Perfect Pear on Facebook and at www.perfectpearbistro.com. Stop in today to see what all the buzz is about!