Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the Southwest’s most desirable living areas. With an abundance of nightlife, shopping, and dining options, it’s no wonder that Scottsdale attracts some of the best and brightest chefs in the business. Rated as the 9th hottest foodie scene in the country by Zagat’s, this jewel in the desert offers everything from local mom-and pop eateries and food trucks to Michelin-star fine dining, and everything in between. There’s plenty more to Arizona than Mexican food and prickly pear margaritas.
In addition to the typical Southwest flavors one might expect to find in a city in central Arizona, Scottsdale also packs a few surprises up its culinary sleeve. Believe it or not, the city is known for its traditional Neapolitan-style pizza and is home to nearly as many Vera Pizza Napoletana-certified pizzerias as New York City. Consistently rated the best pizza in town, Pizzeria Bianco has been serving classic Neapolitan-style pies for over 25 years. Even if you’re only in town for a few nights, you definitely want to put this place on your list!
Old Town Scottsdale is a mecca for foodies and is home to some of the best places to eat in scottsdale. At Nonna Urban Eatery, Chef Gian Franco Brugaletta brings Middle Eastern, Italian, French, and Southwestern flavors together in uniquely creative ways. If you’re looking for something more regional, Scottsdale restaurants with a locavore focus, like FnB and True Food Kitchen, offer creative dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, including a variety of Arizona’s celebrated wines. For the sweet tooth there are decadent dessert locations like Sugar Bowl and Creamistry. Proving you can get anything in this desert paradise, Crab & Mermaid, a highly anticipated eatery, is now open to satiate your coastal appetite.
For more adventurous eaters, Scottsdale’s annual Culinary Festival is held each year in early April. This gathering showcases over 35 of the area’s favorite restaurants. Live music, VIP lounges to escape the sun, and a host of craft beer and spirit vendors round out the exciting event.
If the plethora of options available is overwhelming, let someone else take the reins. Arizona Food Tours hosts a Taste of Old Town Scottsdale Tour where you can tour some of the most celebrated establishments Arizona has to offer.
Whether you’re looking for local favorites, sophisticated fusion, cheap eats, or just desserts, Scottsdale, AZ is a foodie’s paradise in the middle of the desert.
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