Prop yourself on the leafy patio of this quaint, casual eatery, which dishes up fresh mozzarella, crispy pizza and addictive ‘Italian’ fries.
The name makes it pretty clear what Spasso is all about. What it doesn’t convey is this little eatery’s low-key charm. Tucked in a corner inside Town & Country Shopping Center, Spasso is pocket-sized with a disproportionately large bar and a handful of tables. Some imagination went into turning the back wall into an Italian street scene. A “tree” hung with fairy lights centers the room, and multi-paned windows look out onto the leafy patio.
The new Westin Downtown’s flagship restaurant tempts diners with an eclectic, ambitious menu. Will it become a dining destination?
A big-name chef opening a restaurant in a hotel isn’t a new phenomenon. Just look at Las Vegas or Honolulu – or even our own backyard. Michael Mina opened Bourbon Steak at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Jean George Vongerichten opened J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician. And now Chicago-based Chef Randy Zweiban has opened Province at the new Downtown Westin.
Grits, deviled eggs and peach cobbler are just a few of the killer comfort foods you’ll find at this sassy Old Town Scottsdale newbie.
When I heard Chef Matt Carter (Zinc Bistro, The Mission) designed the menu at Bonfire Grill & Bar in Old Town Scottsdale, I set the bar high because I know what he can accomplish with creative, international, upscale cuisine. But he had another plan, aiming straight for affordable, middle-of-the-road, meat-and-starch comfort fare with a few rich twists. While he doesn’t reach new culinary heights here, his creations hit the mark with what diners crave.
After 25 years of dishing up delectable French cuisine with Southwestern flair, Vincent Guerithault is stirring up buzz once again with a hip, new happy hour menu.
Vincent On Camelback has defined fine dining in the Valley for 25 years,
With a mishmash menu of Italian, French and Spanish plates, this cozy new hangout is quickly turning into Scottsdale’s newest neighborhood gem.
The name threw me for a loop. Local Bistro could mean anything, from a farm-to-table concept (it’s not) to a French café serving rustic cuisine bourgeoise with good wine (it’s not that, either). Instead, Local Bistro is dishing up some pedigreed French dishes with Italian classics and a stray Spanish plate or two, plus a fantastic wine selection with 27 served by the glass.
This sleek new spot turns out traditionally tongue-tingling Thai food with delightfully modern twists.
Our server laid out the last of our plates on the table and stepped back. He gestured to the dozen or so dishes in front of us and prepared to explain the spread, but I quickly raised my hand.
“No, please,” I interrupted. “We’d like to figure it out as we go.”
FULL-BODIED FLAVORS AND LOCAL INGREDIENTS SHATTER STEREOTYPES OF
GOOPY MEXICAN FOOD AT THIS HIP HOTEL RESTAURANT.
Does the mention of Mexican food stir up images of gloppy, cheese-smothered enchiladas and greasy tacos? “Mexican food gets a bad rap,” says Doug Robson, chef and owner of the hip Gallo Blanco Café and Bar at the Clarendon Hotel in midtown Phoenix. Robson, the former founding chef at La Grande Orange, is on a mission to dispel the myth that all Mexican food is stereotypical, hotter-than hell goop. Gallo Blanco doesn’t feel like a stuffy hotel restauant.
HOUSED IN THE FORMER FATE SPOT, MATT CARTER'S NEWEST ASIAN CONCEPT KICKS IT INTO HIGH GEAR WITH AN ARRAY OF KNOCK-YOUR-SOCKS-OFF PLATES.
"YOU JUST WALKED IN AND ordered the best thing on the menu," chef Jay Bogsinske crows from behind the counter of Nine 05's tiny exposition kitchen. "You rock!"
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