New edition to Gilbert Downtown Eateries

Downtown Gilbert is home to a new restaurant that opened October 14, 2008 and is quickly becoming a popular addition to the neighborhood.  The Libery Market joins the likes of Joe’s Real Barbeque, Oregano’s, and the Farmhouse restaurant.   Keirsten Traina, who along with her husband David, are co-owners with Joe and Cindy Johnston greeted my impromptu visit with all the energy and pride you expect from someone who is passionate about her business.  It is no surprise that it was named one of the Top 10 places to eat in 2008.  Julie, one of the friendly staff members was eager to educate me why The Liberty Market and Restaurant is special.  Liberty Market is close to waterfront communities including The Islands, Stonebridge Lakes, Lago Estancia, and Val Vista Lakes. The owners have done a great job of preserving the original architecture of the building that was constructed in 1936.

Favorite Menu Items and other Surprises

Keirsten said that the favorite menu items are the White pizza (parmesan cream sauce, smoked mozzarella, grilled chicken, chopped bacon, arugula, and pine nuts), and the Libery Bowl (roasted meatballs, marinara sauce, pecorino romano, grilled bread). A quick glance of the menu reveals the how economical a family can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner.  The Espresso Bar features a Faema E61 Espresso machine built in 1965 in Milano, Italy. Hence the name the E61 Bar.  All the chocolates and syrup are made from scratch as well as the pastries, soups, and pizza dough.  Whenever possible, they source produce and ingredients locally to ensure freshness.  To demonstrate how good their chocolate is they insisted I try a bowl of hot chocolate with whipped cream.  Yes, it was a bowl of hot chocolate!  It was fantastic and as good as anything I’ve tasted.  I’d go back just for the hot chocolate.

Individually decorated by the owners

You have not totally experienced the true unquiness of the Liberty Market until you’ve needed to visit the restrooms. Yes, I know this sounds, uh.. strange, but stay with me.  There is a common wash area with men/women bathrooms with complete privacy. Each one has been decorated by one of the owners.  As you close the door, each has a separate music soundtrack playing. I’ve never seen anything like it, ever!

I have to echo one of the reviews that says “Joe Johnston has hit another home run with his new Liberty Market restaurant”.  Mr. Johnston is also the owner of Joe’s Real Barbeque.  You will not find another restaurant like this.  If you live in Gilbert, this has to be on your list of places to eat.

Satellite view of Libery Market