9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix

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The House Brasserie
This year, the variety of new restaurants in the Valley has more breadth and depth than ever before: comfort-food-meets-gourmet in Scottsdale; artisan pizzas by a legendary baker in Central Phoenix; and knockout Italian eats in east Mesa.

When I made this list, I wanted a selection of restaurants offering distinctive fare -- places you couldn't wait to return to and tell your friends about -- and with options for various tastes and wallet sizes. Find a few that fit your fancy and pay them a visit in the new year -- they'll appreciate it.

The House Brasserie
Set in a charming little1920s bungalow, chef Matt Carter's newest restaurant in Old Town is a sophisticated spot serving American cuisine with touches from all over the globe. From charcuterie and cheeses, tapas-style shared plates, stellar side dishes, and entrees like the noteworthy Berkshire pork country ribs, there's something for nearly every palate. Bonus: Al fresco dining on the equally charming patio.

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Crudo
- Crudo
This year, chef Cullen Campbell moved his home of modern Italian fare to a warm and intimate space hidden in the back of a shopping center in East Phoenix. And although it's tricky to find, Campbell's inventive and expertly prepared raw seafood dishes, handmade pastas, signature mozzarellas, and wood-grilled delights are worth a few go-arounds in the parking lot to get to. Bonus: Cocktails from Crudo bar owner Micah Olson.

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Claire Lawton
Italian Restaurant
It started off with a few snags, but now, Valley legend Chris Bianco's shabby-chic neighborhood restaurant in the Town and Country Shopping Center in East Phoenix is delivering on Italian standards and signature Italian-American creations in full force. With a small, rotating menu of flavor-packed salads, pasta dishes, and entrees using fresh, locally grown ingredients, there's always a dish or two to savor. Bonus: Desserts from Bianco's mom, Francesca.

Location Info

Venue

Map

The House

6936 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Trattoria Bianco

4743 N. 20th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Davanti Enoteca - CLOSED

6316 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Federal Pizza

5210 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crepe Bar

7520 S. Rural Road, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Dolce Vita Italian Grocer

5251 E. Brown Rd, Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Pig & Pickle

2922 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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7 comments
saint473
saint473

Dave Johnson is NOT the wine director at davanti enoteca. check your facts

seecamp32
seecamp32

Mia Francesca...check it out Laura

Chow Bella
Chow Bella

Thank you, Barb -- always enjoy your comments!

Barb Walters Harris
Barb Walters Harris

couldn't agree more about Crudo...so delicious. Really like our new neighbors Crepe Bar. Thanks for the list so we have something to work through in 2013!

laura.hahnefeld
laura.hahnefeld

@saint473 Hi saint473. You may want to read the post again. I didn't say Johnson was the wine director. He is, in fact, a long-time sommelier and assistant general manager at the restaurant. I have updated the post to further clarify. Thanks for reading.

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