Located in North Scottsdale at the base of Pinnacle Peak, Sassi resembles a sprawling Italian villa and offers uninterrupted views of the 600-foot granite summit. The upscale Italian restaurant is comprised of a front courtyard, an outdoor patio with heat lamps, and five individually designed dining rooms. Illuminated by hand-blown glass candleholders, the interior features hardwood floors, medieval-inspired chandeliers, working fireplaces, and even a library. The menu offers authentic dishes such as handmade orecchiette pasta with sausage, rapini, and pecorino. In addition to more than 150 wines, Sassi serves Italian-style cocktails incorporating ingredients like house-made limoncello and Amaro (herbal liqueur).
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
This $10-million replica of an Italian estate has a spectacular setting, with fire pits and views of city lights. Chef Wade Moises, who helped start the Italian cured meat trend in New York City when he worked at Lupa, prepares rustic southern Italian dishes with handmade pastas that redefine the tomato-sauce genre.
We loved: Ricotta-stuffed squash blossoms; pear crostata.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.