9 Best New Restaurants of 2012 in Greater Phoenix

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Laura Hahnefeld
Davanti Enoteca
Chef Peter DeRuvo shines at this Italian restaurant in Scottsdale owned by Chicago-based Francesca's Restaurants Group. Featuring a stellar selection of sharable modern Italian fare like the housemade orecchiette, seared octopus, and the must-try focaccia di recco, cheese-filled bread smeared with honeycomb honey, nearly every dish is superb. Bonus: Wines selected with the help of assistant general manager and long-time sommelier, Dave Johnson.

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Jamie Peachey
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
This urban gathering place on the second floor of the new Hotel Palomar at CityScape is the restaurant downtown Phoenix has been waiting for. And thanks to chef Stephen Jones, who isn't above mixing his versions of corn dogs, tater tots, and Mexican pozole in with the Hamachi crudo and duck confit flatbread, the contemporary American menu stays deliciously approachable. Bonus: A selection from the novella-sized cocktail booklet.

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Federal Pizza
- Federal Pizza
The latest venture from Craig DeMarco and his Upward Projects team is a cool yet unpretentious restaurant in a former bank in Central Phoenix where the "bread" comes courtesy of master baker MJ Coe. The wood-fired, artisan pizzas are the showstopper, but stellar sandwiches, salads, and sides are noteworthy as well. Bonus: Housemade wine coolers.

Location Info

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: Music

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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