Sassi, an upscale Italian restaurant in North Scottsdale, is easily one of the most beautiful dining and event establishments in the Valley. Perched up in the Troon area hills at the base of Pinnacle Peak, the design of the building and grounds is that of an Italian countryside villa. You enter through a stone-paved courtyard into a charming, old-world building with five different rooms and areas to dine, each with their own charm.
There is a large bar area and lounge and off of the back is a lovely patio with lush landscaping and another area that is perfect for large events and weddings. The Valley and mountain views are breathtaking.
In the Fall of 2010, Sassi brought on a new Executive Chef, Chris Nicosia, and the changes he has made to the menu has taken the food to another level. Some favorites from when the restaurant first opened in 2004 can still be found, but lots of new and delicious items have been added and cycle in and out as the seasons change.
The food at Sassi is inspired by Southern Italian cuisine. You will see lots of pork, fish, shellfish and vegetables on the menu. But for meat-lovers, there are always red meat options like strip steaks or veal chops. Homemade pasta dishes are available as well. One of our favorite items is the halibut. The fish is delicious and comes with an excellent accompaniment of fresh vegetables. One time it was fava beans with a hint of mint and another time it was pattypan squash in a light tomato sauce.
This summer, Sassi launched a Thursday night Enoteca Menu, which has been a big hit. Comprised of constantly changing small plates, it is the perfect way to enjoy a light meal in the bar or you can simply order a few as appetizers to kick off your meal. Some recent favorites include a goat cheese and peach crostini with basil and honey as well as sautéed baby artichokes in a lemon sauce.
Sassi is also currently offering a Family Style “Little Italy” Dinner that is designed for sharing between four or more people. You will get a starter of warm olives followed by salad and pasta courses. There are two entrees served and to cap off the meal, homemade gelato and sorbet. The best part is that you get this all for $29 per person.
If you are looking for a more casual dining experience, the bar has its own menu with some delicious offerings. Sassi also has private dining room options for larger parties or special events.
If you have not been to Sassi or have not been there in a while, it is definitely worth stopping by. You will end up having a have a great meal in a lovely setting with some of the best views in the Valley.
Sassi- North Scottsdale Fine Italian Dining
10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85255