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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Terra Cotta Restaurant Review: In 1986, when chef Donna Nordin and her husband, Don Luria, opened the doors to what was then called Café Terra Cotta, there was nothing like it in Tucson---or anywhere else in the Southwest, for that matter. Today, the eatery remains a shining star in the city’s restaurant scene. Start your meal with the tortilla soup, a longtime favorite. We also like the shrimp flautas, topped with tomatillo sauce and ginger aïoli. New and innovative dinner options comprise a large part of the menu, but signature dishes, including the standout Maple Leaf duck in a pomegranate demi-glace and sided with a carrot flan and tempura scallion, can usually be found. For a more casual approach, opt for one of the many wood-fired pizzas and a house margarita. And the $7 burger, offered during happy hour, is always in demand. You'll sit in a dining room bedecked with striking Southwestern artwork that reflects the hip and happening vibe that has always been a part of Terra Cotta.