The start of fall is always something to celebrate in the Valley. Finally, the temps start to make their way back into the double digits and we can make use of the Valley’s lovely outdoor dining patios. The start of fall is especially something to celebrate when our favorite Valley restaurants unveil their fall menus, as is the case with North Scottsdale’s Sassi, which just debuted its fall bill of fare. A few dishes to check out:
Salad of roasted baby beets with gorgonzola panna cotta, spicy citrus glaze and pistachio tuile. A delicious way to ease out of the summer with refreshing flavors, like the citrus glaze, but lots of fall influence.
Butternut squash risotto with sage brown butter, mascarpone and crispy pancetta. Butternut squash is a beloved fall ingredient, especially when paired with rich sage brown butter.
Grilled duck breast with butternut squash caponata and cinnamon olive oil. Doesn’t get much more “fall” than cinnamon olive oil.
Lamb Due Sapore with braised lamb shoulder, wood-grilled rib chops and pistachio salsa verde. Super-meaty, this combo of lamb and ribs is a wonderfully hearty and warming intro to the season.
Roasted butternut squash hazelnuts with spicy agro dolce and mint. Regardless of what main entree your order, this side of roasted butternut squash is the quintessential fall dish.
On the cocktail list, try the Fall Pear Martini, a refreshing concoction of pear vodka, Cocchi Americano and St. Germain.
For the complete menu or to make reservations, visit www.sassi.biz.