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Modern Italian at Fat Ox

Named after Italy’s famed buo grasso cattle and the Piedmont festival where the champion Fat Ox is chosen, Chef Matt Carter’s newest offering is a blend of sleek urban design and cattle country rustic. At Fat Ox on Scottsdale Road near Lincoln, he serves up a modern take on regional Italian classics, with over a dozen pastas made fresh in house daily.

 

The modern interior is a …

Be “In the Know” at AZ/88

Tucked away in Old Town Scottsdale, AZ/88 is a great local spot that features classic cocktails and upscale bar eats. With sleek furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows surrounding the building, AZ/88 seems like a modern art museum cafe. Rotating art exhibitions are displayed throughout the restaurant; there’s always something new and unusual to see.

AZ/88

 

Starting with cocktails, this local bar specializes in martinis – a …

Sticky Buns and Views at El Chorro

I was driving by El Chorro on Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley and got a craving for their delicious sticky buns. First, I will give you some history behind this iconic restaurant, and then we can talk about food.

El Chorro

El Chorro was developed by John C. Lincoln as the Judson School for Girls in 1934, and was converted to a restaurant and lodge in 1937. It was only open …

Modern European Fare at Sonata’s

Sonata’s Restaurant is the one of the new gems on the Scottsdale restaurant scene. Tucked away just west of Scottsdale Road on Gold Dust, it features modern European cuisine served in a chic and contemporary atmosphere. Hundreds of wooden log ends line an entire wall, while bold pops of color meld with the black leather chairs and wood plank floors, creating a warm, inviting ambiance.

Sonata's

The Colony on 7th Street

The Colony is a cool dining and shopping destination in north-central Phoenix, on 7th Street north of Missouri. This relatively new spot has some amazing restaurants to choose from, a couple of local boutiques and even a speakeasy.

The Colony

I sampled all three restaurants and enjoyed all of them. The Herb Box has opened a third location here. They are well known for their healthy, seasonal …