Places to Eat

Open for Business: Stratta Kitchen caters to the takeout set

By Kristine Cannon After a four-month delay, James Beard Award-winning chef Alex Stratta’s new Mediterranean restaurant finally opened its doors in August. Located in McCormick Ranch...

Raising Awareness: Desert Donuts to host Parkinson’s fundraiser

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Desert Donuts and the Parkinson’s Foundation have come together to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s disease (PD) leading up to the...

‘We Can’t Forget’: Amped Coffee Co. pledges to remember 9/11 with memorial

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Keith and Janine Walashek remember the 9/11 terrorist attacks vividly. They recall exactly where they were, and the pain and fear that...

Staying Safe: Pita Jungle takes extra precautions to keep its staff and guests healthy

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Pita Jungle is taking its staff’s health seriously. Restaurant co-founder Bassel Osmani and his partners hired Company Nurse, a triage and reporting service...

Authentic Italian: Pizzicata treats everyone like family

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Pizzicata owner Federico Venturini considers his guests and employees family at his Carefree Italian restaurant. Guests impart stories of visits to Italy, from...

Squeeze Play: Breakfast spot raising funds for special needs pups

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The breakfast and lunch spot Morning Squeeze is spending August raising funds for the Be Like Josh Foundation, a local nonprofit that...

Fire and Fun: Kasai Japanese Steakhouse maintains its high energy

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski When Sapporo in Scottsdale rebranded as Kasai Japanese Steakhouse in November 2018, the move infused new energy into the 11,000-square-foot airy building. Owner...

Truly Successful: There’s nothing basic about Tru Burger

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Stuart Gee has literally spent his life in the restaurant business. Growing up in Waterloo, Iowa, he split his days between school and...

Convenient Ordering: Fantasticós adds drive-thru and online ordering in Cave Creek

By Connor Dziawura With the stay-at-home order over and many restaurants trying to return to some semblance of normalcy, while still maintaining safe practices during...