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Culinary Scottsdale

Big cities offer some of the finest restaurants in the world, but big-city restaurants often require reservations months in advance and boast not scenic vistas and destination-specific ambiance but manmade overlooks and manufactured surroundings.
In Scottsdale you’ll find supreme cuisine, unique al fresco settings and Sonoran Desert panoramas coupled with the ease of small town dining – outside of special occasions, reservations are often unnecessary even at some of the premiere restaurants.
Diners in Scottsdale can look forward to plenty of wide open spaces to relax and enjoy the temperate desert breezes and majestic landscapes. And, dining “al fresco” can be enjoyed year-round, with the help of cool misters in the summertime and toasty space heaters in the winter.
The following are some of Scottsdale’s best places to request a window seat or take it outside.

Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician Resort is the perfect place for lovers to pop the question, with views stretching wide across the Valley and romantic French cuisine guaranteed to make anyone swoon.
Step onto the patio for an evening libation before or after indulging in Chef Bradford Thompson’s culinary creations for a truly memorable evening.

At Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, diners fortunate enough to get a seat by the window can delight in breathtaking views of the sun setting behind Camelback Mountain. Whatever the time of day, elements offers an unparralleled look at the beautiful Paradise Valley landscape, for no extra cost.
And, even in the big cities where money buys the best tables, it can’t buy a comparable view of nature’s majesty on display.

Both The Boulders Resort and The Phoenician Resort offer Tee Box dinners, an elegant sunset dinner set out on the green of one of the resort golf courses. Almost any request can be fulfilled from arranging musical entertainment to creating a s pecial gourmet dessert.
Right before sunset, guests are picked up at their rooms in golf carts and escorted out to the tee box to find the table perfectly set with fine china, crystal, linens and candles.

Overlooking the majestic Sonoran Desert and Arizona’s signature Four Peaks and Superstition Mountains, Alchemy at CopperWynd Resort & Club sits atop the highest buildable point in Fountain Hills offering spectacular panoramic vistas. This intimate dining spot features floor to ceiling glass panels that open day and night to reveal the wonderful sites of the Valley and lights below.
This feeling of bringing the outside in makes for a whimsical and adventuresome dining experience. Adding to the setting is the amazing cuisine described as “new American with a Sonoran flair”. Signature dishes include Mango Chutney & Pistachio Crusted Chilean Sea Bass paired with Wheat Berry Basmati Medley and the Merlot Duck Breast with Butternut Squash Ravioli and a Pomegranate and Peppercorn Glaze.

Ristorante Sandolo, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort’s casual Italian bistro, gives diners the feeling of being in old Italy.
The menu is filled with cuisine that is hearty and full of natural flavors, all part of the “Cucina Campania”, Italian Country Cooking style that comes from the heart and roots of the Italian provinces.
Signature dishes like Pollo alla Campania (Braised Chicken with Garlic, Tomatoes and Oregano) and Osso Buco Milanese (Braised Veal Shank in a rich Tomato and Red Wine Sauce served with Saffron Risotto) are topped off with a complimentary authentic Venetian gondola ride on the winding scenic waterways surrounding the resort.

Another escape to Italy in the desert can be found at SASSI, set in a residential Italian villa setting and nestled at the base of Pinnacle Peak.
By design, SASSI is reminiscent of Italy with the restaurant's five dining rooms replicating individual rooms of an authentic Italian villa. Structural and interior aspects are distinctly Italian with stone walls, handmade brick, Venetian plaster, groin vault ceilings and dark woods completing the old world feel. SASSI’s 1,400-square-foot outdoor garden area offers the most breathtaking views of the surrounding Sonoran Desert landscape.
Matching the ambiance and feel is the restaurant’s artisan cuisine inspired by the classic traditions of Southern Italy emphasizing handmade pastas, seasonal vegetables, rustic homemade breads, fresh fish, pork, traditional steaks, poultry and desserts. www.sassi.biz




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