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Virtù Honest Craft – May 2019

Virtù Honest Craft

3701 N Marshall Way | Scottsdale, AZ | 85251

Located inside the Bespoke Inn

virtuscottsdale.com | 480-946-3477

Organized by: Ann and Jay

Mixing it up with a Sunday Brunch! May 2019 was a busy month with lots of the DDs heading off for globetrotting adventures, so we decided to mix it up and have a Sunday brunch. What a great idea and a nice twist to our normal routine.

We visited Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale, which has been on my list to try for some time. We have been to Chef Gio Osso’s place in Gilbert (Nico Heirloom Kitchen) but haven’t had the chance to try this place yet. Virtù (which translates to virtue in Italian) feels like a world away from the vibe of downtown Scottsdale. Tucked away in a boutique hotel, the restaurant occupies small inside tables and the tree covered patio at the entrance.

The day we visited, it was a warm and sunny day with a gentle breeze. We sat inside just next to some French doors to the patio that allowed for some breeze while shielding us from the sun. It was almost magical how quickly I felt transported to a countryside villa.

The menu can change frequently, there are no set menu items but if you are a fan of octopus and “polpo” is on the menu, you should try it. Other than fish, I have an aversion to all things seafood but when I was told that Chef Osso’s was marinated in corks to make it tender and almost like a steak texture, I had to try it. My husband loved it and I will admit that it was unlike any octopus I have tried before. It did not taste fishy or chewy, rather it was extremely tender and well worth the try!

For brunch this Sunday, we enjoyed some wonderful cocktails, champagne, and beer options and followed it up with mouthwatering dishes. There was a risotto with chorizo and eggs, an apple cinnamon French toast that was so decadent and sweet that it was more like a desert and shared by all, a breakfast sandwich for grown ups paired with fresh and delicious coffee, and a fresh omelet paired with crispy and yummy bacon.

The magical brunch visit was topped off by Chef Gio Osso photo bombing our group picture. What a way to kick off a busy vacation month for the DDs!

 
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Posted by on 05/06/2019 in Italian

 

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Humbleberry surprise

We have been going to Laughlin, Nevada for many years and, just as many others do, we had our regular favorite spots. For us, this did not include the Pioneer Hotel and Casino. In our past experiences, the rooms had paper thin walls, the roof is low making the casino seem small and cramped and the restaurant was not a place that a foodie would hang their hat.

The saving grace for the Pioneer, used to only be the Sassy Sue Saloon that has good craft beers on tap, quarter poker machines at the bar, a jukebox that plays both rock and country, and a fantastic view of the Colorado River.

This year we were surprised to find another hidden gem at the western themed casino, Bumbleberry Flats restaurant. Serving food labeled as “comfort food”, they have renovated the previous greasy spoon diner into a scratch restaurant who provides flavorful versions of American classic recipes with a twist.

Do not be fooled, these dishes are rich and hearty and they do not skimp on the serving size. You may be eating enough to carry you through a couple of meals! We stopped by once for breakfast complete with a very tasty 3 huge breakfast sausage links, a fresh and airy Belgian waffle topped with fresh apple and cinnamon compote plus Chantilly cream, and hash browns that were clearly fresh. I have loved grits all my life and sadly the cheddar grits were not up to snuff with the grits one might find in Charleston, SC. The biscuits and gravy were good but we weren’t thrilled with the toasted cheddar biscuit that it was served on.

Later on we found ourselves back at Bumbleberry for Round Two. This time we tried the dinner menu and sat at one of the tap booths. This is exactly what you might be thinking. It is a booth with beer taps built into the wall. There are only two types offered, but you can keep pulling beers and a small meter keeps track of how much you enjoy!

The place is open 24 hours on Wednesday to Sunday but beware, they may run out of many of the items. It may have been a busy night and many of the favorites such the fried chicken, pot roast, ribs, or brisket were all gone. Instead we tried the bone-in pork chop that was topped with fresh apple and cinnamon bourbon sauce and griddled mashed potatoes; and the ribeye, which was a little thin, and served with a fresh and tasty oven baked potato (and yeah, there IS a difference that you can taste.)

All in all, it was a great surprise to find a second great reason to add the Pioneer to our regular rounds each year. Looks like we are going to have to keep going back until we get to try all those dishes that were so popular that they ran out of them!

 

 
 

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