Top New Restaurants to Try in 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona


A handful of new restaurants have opened in Scottsdale in the past year, bringing some phenomenal culinary talent to (or in some cases back to) Scottsdale. These restaurants feature diverse, expertly crafted cuisines made with top-notch ingredients. Whether your plans include an alfresco lunch with a friend, happy hour with co-workers, or a romantic dinner for two, these five new restaurants should be on your must-try list.

Counter Intuitive

This lounge in downtown Scottsdale is the brainchild of three high-profile Scottsdale restaurateurs, Peter Kasperski of Cowboy Ciao, Micah Olson of Crudo, and Jason Asher of Jade Bar. The menu changes three times a year based on a theme inspired by a person, place, time or event. You'll have to enjoy a late night if you want to give Counter Intuitive a try since this hot spot is open only Friday and Saturday from 10 pm to 2 am.

EVO

Although EVO opened in 2013, this little Italian bistro experienced a revival in 2015 when Chef Peter Deruvo returned to Scottsdale from a stint as the corporate executive chef for Francesca's Restaurants Group in Chicago. The menu is modest but boasts an array of homemade pastas, an impressive antipasti section, and a large selection of wines and craft cocktails. EVO is open seven days a week, from 4 pm to 2 am.

Twisted Grove

Chef Christopher Collins goal at Twisted Grove is to serve up "modern yet approachable new American cuisine with plenty of local flair." The menu is just that, with plenty of seafood and homemade pasta options, including the cavatelli carbonara based on Collins' mother's recipe. Located in the heart of the McCormick Ranch neighborhood, Twisted Grove is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am - 9 pm and 11 am - 10 pm on Friday and Saturday,

Craft 64

Artisan wood-fired pizza takes center stage at Craft 64, along with 35 Arizona beers on tap, an extensive wine list, and 50+ bottles for table side use or to go. Everything is made from local, organic ingredients and their mozzarella is made from scratch every day. If you're on a budget, check out their happy hour menu daily from 4 pm to 7 pm to enjoy $1 off all local beers, a selection of $6 glasses of wine, and $8 small plates. Craft is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm.

Spiga Cucina

For the best new Italian food in North Scottsdale, check out Spiga Cucina, owned by renowned Toronto restaurateurs Fernando and Paula Esteves. Chef Marc Martinez blends flavors of Italy and the Iberian Peninsula including house-made pastas, slow-braised meats, wood-baked pizzas, seafood, and risotto. They also boast a 2,350 bottle wine collection. For a romantic evening, enjoy a bottle while taking in the amazing Scottsdale sunset views. Spiga Cucina is open daily from 11 am to 10 pm.

Janet Berry-Johnson has called Scottsdale home for two years. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a writer, regularly contributing to Scottsdale Moms Blog, Forbes, and BonBon Break.

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