Arizona Restaurant Week is back with its spring event for 2022. For 10 days, more than 100 restaurants will welcome customers to sample multi-course menus and celebrate the dining scene in metro Phoenix.
As restaurants continue to face many challenges as the world emerges from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurateurs hope this event will help bring customers back to eat.
The festivities run from May 20-29, and organizers hope to include more than 130 restaurants for customers to visit. Each location will offer a fixed price three or four course meal for individuals or couples. Prices vary between $33, $44 or $55 per person, or $55 for a meal for two.
While many restaurants take part in the event year after year, new names are on the way. Some are brand new restaurants. Others are seasoned pros joining the event for the first time. Here are six new spots to discover this year.
The Italian bistro La Locanda
3915 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Scottsdale Road spot La Locanda joins this year’s Restaurant Week list, bringing a taste of Italy with its classic pizza and pasta menu. Take a high table or slip into a bench to enjoy this meal.
For $44 per person, customers can expect a three-course meal. Start by choosing between a Caesar salad, wedge salad or mushroom soup before diving into five different options for the main course. Choose seafood with the scallop and shrimp risotto or the tuna puttanesca or keep it down to earth with a filet mignon with pepper sauce. Dessert options are panna cotta, chocolate mousse cake, or carrot cake.
Neighboring public house
5538 Seventh Street North
Neighborly Public House is the latest spot from local restaurant group Common Ground Culinary and its chef and owner Christopher Collins. The new pub joined the downtown Phoenix district late last year, taking over the Stock and Stable space at The Colony mall. The modern yet cozy restaurant offers updated classics on both the food and cocktail menus.
For Arizona Restaurant Week, Neighborly will be offering a three-course meal for $44 per person. Appetizer options include smoked salmon dip, tomato burrata and balsamic reduction, or chowder fries, described online as “the best item on the menu.” Starters include two types of ribs or a shrimp platter and desserts are a chocolate mouse and a coconut cream pie.
6015 16th Street North
The Genuine is another brand new restaurant from a trusted local restaurant group. Named after its founders, Genuine Concepts, this new restaurant has opened in the former Vig Uptown space. The modern, casual restaurant serves lunch and dinner with a menu that showcases local ingredients.
For restaurant week, The Genuine’s menu offers a three-course meal for $55 per person. Start with tempura-fried squash blossoms or fire-roasted beets and head straight for roasted salmon, flat iron steak or spaghetti, and finish with caramel budino or peach crostata.
830 East Greenway Drive, #100
North Phoenix restaurant and sports bar Lookout Tavern joins the fun at Arizona Restaurant Week this year, bringing a nightlife twist to the event. Catch the game with a cocktail in hand at this high-energy venue.
The event menu is $55 per couple and includes a three-course meal and cocktail. To start, choose between crispy Brussels sprouts or an avocado hummus platter to share. Then order two main dishes, either salmon with couscous or pasta with chicken and for dessert, share a bourbon bread pudding with vanilla ice cream.
5251 East Brown Road, #103, Mesa
Mesa’s Dolce Vita is much more than an ice cream shop, although it does sell a myriad of flavors. This shop is both a restaurant, a grocery store, a delicatessen and a dessert. And for its Arizona Restaurant Week menu, dishes from all areas of the company are on display.
For $33 each, customers can try a three-course meal starting with Sicilian arancini, fried rice balls, Sicilian meatballs or sfincione, tomato pizza, anchovies, pecorino and breadcrumbs. Then choose between a meat sauce, cream sauce or white sauce pasta dish and finish with cannoli or a cup of gelato.
13225 North Eagle Ridge Drive, Scottsdale
CIELO is the signature restaurant at the ADERO Scottsdale resort, located in the far northeast corner of the valley. The restaurant, which has indoor seating and a wrap-around terrace, offers stunning views of the surrounding McDowell Mountains from its tables.
The restaurant’s menu of the week at CIELO costs $55 per person and includes three courses, each offering three options to customers. Choose between mushroom arancini with truffle pecorino or whipped ricotta with lavender honey on toasted ciabatta to start. Stock up on burnt salmon or braised short ribs and finish your meal with a classic New York cheesecake or chocolate espresso pie. Wash it all down with a glass of red or white wine or an Aperol spritz to accompany the sunset.