- Marcellino Ristorante
In October, Marcellino Ristorante celebrated 13 years in the Valley, handcrafting the best pasta in Scottsdale daily (the server may even bring out samples of each featured pasta to view) with one of the area’s most affable chefs at the helm, Chef Marcellino Verzino. Toast with him at Chef’s Island for a personalized, intimate multi-course feast or enjoy live music on Thursday and Saturday nights and world-class service in the main dining room. marcellinoristorante.com.
- Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar
After finding success at its Scottsdale location, a second (and already well-visited) Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar just opened at the corner of Camelback Road and 32nd Street. Patrons love the casual, comfortable atmosphere that is accented by hearty dishes of wild mushroom pappardelle, charred brussels sprouts, flatbreads and the restaurant’s famous and tangy Twisted Noodle Salad. twistedgrove.com.
- Cibo Urban Pizzeria
In a 1913 bungalow in Downtown Phoenix, Cibo Urban Pizzeria dishes out some of the Valley’s most beloved slices and glorious handmade pastas. (The spot with is a charmer too, thanks to exposed brick, a fireplace, hardwood floors, stained glass and a twinkle-light patio.) More than 20 artisanal pizza options fill the menu, so grab some pals and order up a few. cibophoenix.com.
- The Gladly (pictured)
From the fresh and delicious raw bar to one of the Valley’s best happy hours (every day from 3 to 6 p.m.), The Gladly in Phoenix has been an area favorite since it opened in 2014. The restaurant is home of the OMFG salad, which has its own Facebook page, but the menu’s impressive dishes do not stop there. Try the short rib pot roast, duck meatloaf and, for dessert, the banana Nutella jar. thegladly.com.
- Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar
You can find this wonderful, whimsical eatery at The Camby in Phoenix. Decked in deep blues and rich copper tones, Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar impresses the eyes before moving onto the taste buds. Kick off your meal with a “snack” of veal cheeks before digging into a hearty main dish. Perhaps honey hot fried chicken or shrimp and grits? artizenaz.com.