Bomberos Cafe & Wine Bar located on Central Avenue.

Bomberos Cafe & Wine Bar located on Central Avenue.

Oscar Mastrantuono fulfilled his dream to establish a South American themed business with the help of his wife, Kristi, when they established Bomberos Cafe & Wine Barin a former Sunnyslope firehouse.  Bomberos means firemen in Spanish.  Opened in Nov. 2007, Bomberos attracts patrons all day long to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and Happy Hour everyday of the week.

The Bomberos menu contains fresh breakfast items including pastries from local favorite Tammie Coe Cakes along with specialty coffees and teas.  For lunch and dinner, patrons enjoy bruschetta, panini, assorted trays of meats and artisan cheese, fine South American wines from Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Argentina and South American beers from Argentina and Peru.

Mastrantuono also shares the national drink of Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina, Yerba Mate.  It’s a form of green tea served in one gourd with a metal straw.  Family members and friends pass around and share the Yerba Mate in a traditional social setting. 

Bomberos offers a comfortable garden patio.

Bomberos offers a comfortable garden patio.

A big 51-inch plasma television broadcasts news in the morning, travel programs in the afternoon and soccer or local sporting events in the evening.  Patrons relax on comfortable couches or at cozy cafe tables while they listen to sensual South American music in the background.  Trees create a canopy that shades the garden patio area where patrons relax and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather.  On cooler evenings a large fire pit blazes in the middle of the patio to add warmth and ambiance.

Occasionally Bomberos holds wine tasting events for guests to taste South American wines and find out more about them.  Bomberos provides live music supplied by the groups Jaleo or SomBrazil on Saturday nights and music provided by World Famous Rani “G” or DK.Strickler on Thursday nights.

The mode of transportation used in Uruguay.

The mode of transportation used in Uruguay.

A 1974 fire-engine-red Vespa occupies a space outside Bomberos on the front walk or by the garden patio.  Mastrantuono used a Vespa to get around Uruguary growing up, and he continues to use it today in his American home. 

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