Original European Bistro

Seasonally Inspired, Local, Organic and all natural.

Welcome to the original.

Welcome to the original Caffe Boa which is still owned and operated by the original founders of Caffe Boa since 1994.  Since opening, Caffe Boa has consistently received acclaims as one of the valley’s best restaurants, and has garnered numerous accolades and reviews.  Located in the Mill AvenueDistrict” of Tempe, Caffe Boa’s stellar team is led by husband and wife duo, Jay and Christine Wisniewski.

The menu is focused on seasonally inspired, all natural, organic and fresh cuisine.  It is complemented by a serious and eclectic wine program.  Directed by the owners on a daily basis true passion is seen in the wine list which features 500 bins and over 50 by the glass selections with wine flights.

The original Caffe Boa on Mill Avenue is separately owned and operated with a completely different menu and theme from the same named location in Awhatukee, please do not confuse us!

Jay Wisniewski

Owner, Chef
Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.


“I have been very fortunate to earn a living through my true passion,” says Wisniewski. “Over 15 years of owning my own restaurant has taught me so much about myself, my style, and how to share this excitement with guests. Each new menu and wine list shows me that there is absolutely nothing I would rather do.”

Born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jay worked along side his Polish grandmother in the kitchen. He began his professional culinary career at the age of fourteen, starting “at the bottom” and learned as he went along. Jay has traveled throughout Europe after obtaining a Bachelor of Finance and Economics from Florida State University where he was influenced by Cajun and Creole cuisine.

Many of his recipes come straight from Italy and other countries in Europe as well as Croatia where the Wisniewski’s have several relatives and their own summer home. Jay has spent many hours in the kitchen with local chefs, sharing fine wine and learning the secrets of what makes their local specialties just that – special!

His eclectic menu consists of Mediterranean, Slavic, Asian and Cajun preparation. It only took a couple of months until the word got out, and his innovative Caffe became a hit. His restaurant has won many awards from “Best Italian Restaurant in the Southwest Valley” to “Best Restaurant for a First Date” to “Best Dessert in Tempe”… and not to leave out many positive reviews by the Arizona Republic and New Times. Jay has also made appearances on KTVK Channel 3’s “Good Morning Arizona” and has participated in many valley epicurean events.

Come see today how Jay’s passion for food and wine can make your dining experience memorable.



Christine Wisniewski

Owner, Designer
Certified Specialist of Wine and Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.


Christine Wisniewski graduated with a fine arts degree in visual arts and has created and installed the atmosphere, design and feel of Boa. She is meticulous on quality in every aspect of the restaurant and loves being “hands-on” with staff and customers.

She designed the floor plan, color scheme, menu design, and lighting to create a classic and comfortable atmosphere. Christine also helps in the wine selections of the restaurant alone side Jay in helping choose and taste all of the wines, preparing private tastings for customers and organizing wine tasting dinners. Christine has also created Caffe Boa Catering and organizes all special events, from casual in-home meals to full blown five star events in-house or off-premise. The customer can always rely on her special touch to make their event modern and outstanding. Please click on Private Events in the navigation above for more on catered events.

Both Jay and Christine are passionate about your experience at Caffe Boa. You are sure to see one or both of them on premise at any time.