Originally founded in 1987 as the tourism arm of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Experience Scottsdale became a standalone organization in 2001. The organization has more than 40 full- and part-time employees, along with a volunteer board of directors composed of local hospitality and tourism industry leaders.
Tucked inside the Bespoke Inn along Scottsdale’s Arts District, Virtù has become a new favorite among discriminating foodies. Serving up housemade pastas, superb seafood, new Mediterranean creations and rustic favorites, Chef Gio Osso invokes a menu at Virtù that changes almost weekly. With favorites like hazelnut crusted scallops with bacon, caramelized onion gnocchi and white chocolate beurre blanc, it’s no wonder this intimate 58-seat eatery has been attracting crowds – and praise – from across Arizona and beyond since it opened in 2013.
Described as “one of the finest interpreters of modern cuisine in the west,” by lauded food writer John Mariani, Osso’s Mediterranean roots inspire the menu, while contemporary global influences are seen throughout dishes like Moroccan spiced lamb with smashed chickpeas, minted eggplant and homemade tzatziki.
For those lucky enough to score a seat inside Virtù’s comfortable, yet contemporary dining room, expect to be treated to what Osso refers to as a “beautifully composed symphony of sights, smells and tastes.” Outside, diners may enjoy dinner and a beautiful desert evening with a craft cocktail or glass of wine on Virtù’s picturesque courtyard patio.