FnB owners Pavle Milic and Charleen Badman combine culinary class and convenience at this quaint Scottsdale bistro.
How much buzz can conceivably be generated by a single sandwich – even a first-rate focaccia concoction stuffed with Tender Belly bacon, butternut squash, goat cheese, greens and crispy onions ($10)? And how many people are going to beeline to a café that offers just one salad, albeit a fantastic salad featuring crunchy, sweet-tangy apples, celery, pecans and bleu cheese atop winter greens ($9)?
A culinary classic modernizes its menu with Continental cuisine and cotton candy.
In the years since I first dined at The Arizona Biltmore, the resort’s signature restaurant morphed from The Orangerie into Wright’s. It’s gone from cascading crystal chandelier formality to an attempt at casual-chic involving spectacularly ungainly wicker chairs. And it’s experimented with virtually every known food style, from Continental
With a daily-changing menu and a bit of an identity crisis, reinvented coffee hangout Lux seems indecisive, but its comfort food is decidedly tasty.
For longtime fans of Lux Coffeebar, the reincarnated Lux Central is like a buffed-up – but still recognizable – after-shot of their beloved but bygone coffeehouse. For everyone else, the new Lux can be confusing. Is it a coffee shop or a restaurant or a bar? The answer is: all three.
This Scottsdale eatery’s savory starters, salads and wood-fired pies leave little room for leftovers.
The fetching glass lamps hanging over the five-stool bar at this sleek North Scottsdale restaurant are totally unrelated to its given name: LAMP Wood Oven Pizzeria. My enthusiastic server explained that LAMP is an acronym for first-time restaurateurs Lindsay and Matt Pilato, who obtained his pizza pedigree at the Scuola Italiana Pizzaioli Academy in San Francisco.
Chef Peter DeRuvo and Mario Rana Jr.’s seasonal Roman-style dishes bring fresh flair to Old Town Scottsdale.
Have you ever known a couple that seems to have nothing in common, and you wonder how they ever got together? That’s what I thought when I heard Chef Peter DeRuvo – who made a name for himself at Sassi in North Scottsdale – had partnered with Mario Rana Jr., who runs Mad Chef Gastropub in Ahwatukee Foothills with his father, Mario Rana Sr. Not only are the eateries geographically at opposite ends of the Valley, their reputations are not exactly in line (Sassi serves southern Italian cuisine in a swank, sprawling villa; Mad Chef dishes American pub-grub in a cozier setting).
Say “yes” to this menu-less omakase restaurant serving innovative Japanese plates tailored to your palate.
Noh may sound like an oddly negative name, but look closer and it’s entirely apropos. In Japanese, the word means “talent” – something its improvisation-minded sushi chefs possess in spades. And it refers to a form of 14th-century Japanese theater where actors are disguised by masks – a fitting metaphor for a hard-to-find omakase restaurant serving courses that unfold like dramatic plot lines.
Don’t be fooled by the unlucky-sounding name and moody décor – appealing, inexpensive food and a friendly atmosphere are this north Phoenix eatery’s winning combo.
Neighborhood nosh spot Thirteenorth Grille exudes a welcoming, hunker-down vibe for fans of no-frills food – something a variety of folks can apparently get behind. Cooing couples, families, groups of friends,
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