I’ve been hearing good things about the unique eggs Benedict being served at this new place called Izzi’s Café up in Oro Valley, yet I haven’t be able to get up there to eat yet.
But I spoke with owner Alex Izzard this morning, and the stories are true. His newish breakfast-and-lunch joint up at 12985 N. Oracle Road does specialize in breakfast food with a twist, although you can get all your morning American standards there, too.
The first memorable item he mentioned was an eggs Benedict served on polenta with a side of corned beef. Izzard says it’s one of the most popular items served right now, although the French toast stuffed with cream cheese and strawberry compote is a close second.
Izzard and his family lived overseas for decades, and they like to incorporate culinary elements from their travels into the food. They even hold an international day once a month, where the whole menu is overhauled with items from across the globe.
Izzard says business has been climbing steadily, and that he may add dinner hours in the coming months. For the time being, hours are 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday.
Call 818-9391 for more information.
(By the way, Izzard's 17-year-old son, who cooks at the restaurant on Sundays, is also a young expert on international food who has contributed to the Arizona Daily Star as a food writer. How cool is that?)