The 49er Country Club is open to the public. We have eaten there a number of times, and in general found the food mediocre, the service spotty, and the prices reasonable. Not too long ago, they began on Wednesday nights a "Pasta night", and judging by the response it's been quite popular. You arrive there and are seated in one of two spacious rooms, and are presented with two menus - the regular menu and the pasta menu. If you choose the pasta menu, you have the choice of soup or salad, garlic bread or french bread, and a pasta buffet. Wines are 50% off which is a great bargain. We like the Villa Pozzi Nero D'Avola which ordinarily is $22 but on pasta nights is $11. It's a hearty red and comes from Sicily. The salads, bread, and drinks are brought to the table. Once finished you walk up to the "buffet" line where there are two chefs ready to "cook" your pasta. You take a dish and select your toppings from a wide variety that includes chicken, bacon, sausage, olives, mushrooms, basil, etc. You can select as many and how much of each. You give your dish to the chef who cooks your toppings, adds whatever pasta you want (spaghetti, linguine, anger hair, tortellinis, etc.), and whatever sauce you want (bolognese, alfredo, etc). You can then ask for a couple of meatballs, and grated cheese. The whole process takes only a couple of minutes, and it's fun to watch the chefs toss the toppings in the air and catch most of them in the pan. The pasta is already pre-cooked, and the amazing thing is that it comes out "al dente". You get a huge dish of pasta that is enough for a couple of meals. All this for $13.95 so the price is very reasonable.
Most of the wait staff is quite pleasant but seems not to be trained in wine service. On three different occasions when I ordered the Nero D'Avola the waiter/waitress did not recognize the wine and I had to point it out on their wine list. One time the waiter brought the bottle of wine, opened the screw cap, and poured full glasses for the three of us. There was no showing of the label to make sure it was the correct choice, no pouring of a small sample for me to taste, and no pouring of half a glass portions.
The 49er Country Club is on the east side of Tucson, a bit of a drive. Parking is free and available, even with the many golfers and swim families that show up.
If you are looking for a gourmet meal this is not it. But if you're looking for a good dish (or two) of pasta, at a reasonable price, accompanied with a bottle of wine that is also very reasonably priced, in a casual but pleasant setting, give it a try on Wednesday nights.
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