When you’re stopped at the busy intersection of Tatum and Shea boulevards, it’s difficult to believe that this Northeast Valley nexus – the meeting point of North Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley – was farmland just a few generations ago. In fact, the Town of Paradise Valley was established in 1961 when residents feared the city trappings of Phoenix and Scottsdale would swallow up their rural burg. Now “PV” and its surroundings are synonymous with luxury, and plastic surgeons and CPAs occupy the land where cows once roamed.
Photos by Sarandon Raboin
3 Places To Eat
A Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Chef Michael Rusconi’s sophisticated regional American fare is a major draw for this neighborhood. Whether you select the grilled sustainable salmon with blackberry glaze and fingerling potatoes or grilled beef tenderloin medallions with truffle-scented mac and cheese, Rusconi’s deep wine list offers the perfect pairing.
10637 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix
B Little Cay
Tuck into tostones (twice-fried green plantains) and Jamaican jerk chicken at this bright and fun eatery specializing in the cuisines of the Caribbean and Central and South America. Where else in the Valley can you order Cubanos, lamb curry and yuca frita with mojo criollo (cassava fries with garlicky, sour citrus sauce) all in one place? Fun cocktails, too.
4912 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
C PV Pie & Wine
The restaurant formerly known as The Covenant got a rebrand this year, emerging as a pizzeria with dinner and brunch service. For dinner, try the house favorite Trust Us pie, with white sauce, cheese, caramelized onion, mushrooms and spinach. At brunch, nosh on a pizza topped with classic bagel fixings: smoked salmon, baby greens, red onion, capers and citrus crema.
4740 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix
3 Things To Do
D Barry Goldwater Memorial
Go south on Tatum and you’ll run into this wee park dedicated to Arizona’s longtime senator and one-time presidential candidate. Desert flora surrounds a stone path inscribed with Goldwater quotations. The walkway leads to a bronze statue of the politician created in 2004 by artist Joe Beeler.
6401 N. Tatum Blvd., Paradise Valley
E Phoenix Parks Trail No. 100
The Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail is the longest trail in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. But it’s a moderate trek, in the estimation of PHOENIX hiking guru Mare Czinar. “Some people might feel it’s difficult because there is almost 800 feet of elevation gain,” she says. “Nearby Shaw Butte, North Mountain or Lookout Mountain are more scenic.”
Tatum Boulevard, just south of Doubletree Ranch Road
F Personalized Pilates
Book a private lesson or take a group class at this sleek studio, which also boasts the only Balanced Body teacher training center in Arizona. This certification is coveted for its thoroughness in the Pilates philosophy.
5010 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
Mystery swirls around this house of worship – also colloquially known as the Great Pyramid – and its peculiar architecture. Are the Masons involved? UFOs? What about the eccentric televangelist who preached from its pulpit in the 1980s? Google it and go down the wacky rabbit hole. 4633 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Beautifully transportive design touches are everywhere you look at this Moorish oasis, from Moroccan pendant lamps to Andalusian dark woods. Book a hammam experience at on-site Joya Spa. 4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, 480-627-3200, omnihotels.com/hotels/scottsdale-montelucia