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Virtu Honest Craft

Located inside the Bespoke Inn, a charming boutique bed and breakfast in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Chef Gio Osso creates dishes based on the idea of comfort alongside use the Italian cookbook. Considered as one of the best restaurants in Scottsdale since its inception in 2013, Virtù was subsequently a James Beard Foundation nominee for Best New Restaurant a year later. The menu follows a traditional three-course menu that is often found in typical restaurants throughout Italy. Therefore, expect the antipasti, followed by the primo piatto (always pasta, soups, salads, etc.) and then il secondo (entrée) with an optional dessert at the end at Virtu Honest Craft.

Antipasti & Primi Piatti

Even though the seasons do not change as often as they do in other parts of the country, Arizona winters and summers still provide a wide range of local, sustainable products from the desert. The small bites at Virtu Honest Craft include Polpo (octopus) in a Calabrese chili butter over arugula and fennel drizzled with balsamic. The Crudo antipasto features a ceviche-style Pacific pink bass in a tomato-sherry, serrano, and mint cucumber vinaigrette. For a more adventurous palate, the crispy Niman Ranch Pig Ear, or Oriecchie comes with agro dolce and green apple over frisee salad drizzled in an apple vin. Naturally, after the antipasti, the hand-crafted pasta offers a reason to visit the restaurant all by itself. Depending on the night you arrive, the kitchen may be preparing bucatini, gnocchi, spaghetti—the list goes on and on.

Secondi at Virtu Honest Craft in Scottsdale

At Virtu Honest Craft in Scottsdale, the kitchen highlights a repertoire of eclectic entrees—items such as swordfish, short ribs, smoked duck, scallops, chicken, pork chops and steaks. Try the Manzo or short rib served over a horseradish potato puree, chanterelle mushrooms and thyme butter. The Anatra features a smoked duck breast with radicchio, pear brown butter, smoked onion and Taleggio cheese. In fact, this particular dish is highly recommended for those who seek well-prepared fowl, especially with the simplicity of the ingredients. The Bistecca Tagliata serves two, where each diner receives half of the 40oz. Niman Ranch Tomahawk Ribeye. The dish also comes alongside a piquant chimichurri, more reminiscent of those made in Argentina as opposed to Italy. Behind the bar, the barkeeps measure and mix each cocktail to perfection, and just like the rest of the menu, the libations are as diverse as everything else.

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Virtu Honest Craft

Chef Virtu has made his restaurant a local and national destination. It has been listed on Esquire’s Best New Restaurants list, along with receiving a James Beard Award nomination. The food is described as simple yet inspired, with the menu having a Mediterranean flavor. Ingredients such as locally grown produce and Spanish octopus are featured on elegant plates. This establishment offers a daily brunch with specialties such as Duck confit and mortadella Benedicts and more.
3701 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale

Marcellino

Offering luxurious Italian food, with top-notch service, this eatery is perfect for any type of gathering from romantic dates to celebrations. Chef Verzino impresses with attention to both his food and his guests. Offerings include grilled jumbo shrimp on feta croquets to start, entrees such as gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce. And don’t miss the classic Italian desserts such as tiramisu and panna cotta.
7114 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale

J & G Steakhouse

Sometimes you just need a steak and J&G Steakhouse at the Phoenician Resort can fill that hankering! Enjoy stunning views, delicious food, and superior service. While beef is the restaurants mainstay, you’ll also enjoy delicate seafood offering, tasty sides, and a beverage menu that runs the gamut from domestic beers to pricey wine offerings. Check out the desert-inspired newly remodeled patio area — perfect for enjoying the views!
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Hash Kitchen

Start your day off the right way at this creative breakfast and bar establishment. Hash is a brunch-only, chef-driven eatery that is know for its hashes (of course), scramblers, pancakes, and morning cocktails. The plentiful DIY Bloody Mary Bar is a creative way to make your own with a selection of toppings and in-house infused vodkas. It’s a social dining experience that is a locals and visitor favorite.
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