Pig & Pickle Pretty Perfect
When it comes to dessert, Bosworth and Riesner prove they're just as adept at baking as they are at cooking. And a stellar sweet ending the friendly and helpful staff calls The Elvis ($7) proves the point. Featuring creamy peanut butter cheesecake between pieces of flaky, cinnamon-sprinkled squares of pastry dough and alongside a brûléed banana resting in a miniature pool of homemade strawberry jam, the creation is then sprinkled with nuts and topped (naturally) with a strip of crispy bacon. It's a decadent gourmet version of the King's favorite sandwich in a far more manageable size.
Dinner only (for now) and decidedly casual, Pig & Pickles' low-lit room of brick and wood features an open kitchen, a full bar, and a private dining room called the "Pig Pen," which, Bosworth says, when completed, will sport a barn door as the entrance. And its late-night hours, from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m., make it a must for the after-hours crowd.
Bosworth and Riesner's Pig & Pickle has come right out of the gate as one of Scottsdale's newest and most noteworthy restaurants. I can't wait to return.
Pig & Pickle
2922 North Hayden, Scottsdale
Open daily from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Happy Hour: 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
Dinner: 5 to 10 p.m. daily.
Late Night: 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily.