Roses and diamonds are lovely. But, for me, Valentine’s Day is all about the desserts–chocolate, berries, you name it. Here are some of the Valley’s tastiest desserts for the sweetest holiday (be sure to reserve your spot for each restaurant’s Valentine’s Day repast):
NOCA in Phoenix: Pistachios & Cherries, warm pistachio and cherry gratin with farmer cheese gelato. 602.956.6622, www.restaurantnoca.com.
Taggia at Firesky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale: Mousse Mascarpone with shaved chocolate, Sicilian pistachio and fresh strawberries. 480.424.6095, www.taggiascottsdale.com.
Fred’s at Barneys New York in Scottsdale: Romeo E Juliet, flourless chocolate cake and strawberries with lavender cream florentine. 602.337.6111, www.barneys.com.
Z’Tejas (several Valley locations): Chocolate Mousse, decadent chocolate mousse made with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur. www.ztejas.com.
Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley: Triple chocolate truffle napoleon, red velvet cake andstrawberry vol au vent. 800.241.1210, www.lons.com.
BLT Steak at Camelback Inn in Scottsdale: Blood Orange & White Chocolate Moussewith joconde biscuit and grilled Seckel pear. 480.905.7979, www.bltscottsdale.com.
Modern Steak at Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale: Peanut Butter Cup with Valrhona chocolate ganache and house cookie. 480.423.7000, www.foxrc.com.
Sassi in Scottsdale: White and Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Cake with Amarena cherries and shaved chocolate. www.sassi.biz/restaurant/reservations.php.
Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North: Valhrona Chocolate Fondue and Seductive Sweets. 480.513.5020, www.fourseasons.com.
Crescent Moon at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North: Spicy Chocolate Fondue with strawberries, churros, bunuelos and marshmallows. 480.513.5020, www.fourseasons.com.
Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Scottsdale: Strawberries and Cream, a white chocolate bon-bon, sponge cake and strawberry gelee. 480.585.4848, www.fairmont.com/scottsdale.
Hole in the Wall at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort: Seven-Layer Chocolate Cake for Two. 602.870.1977, www.squawpeakhilton.com.
Avalon: Coconut Crème Brulee with macaroons. 480.656.0010, http://www.avalon-scottsdale.com/.