As soon as I read an article talking about the new restaurant, Virtu, I knew it was going to be added to my list of places to try. I finally had the opportunity to go a couple of weeks ago and it was one of the best dinners we have had in a long time.
Virtu is a smaller restaurant located in the Bespoke Inn in Old Town Scottsdale. Inside, it seats a little over 40 people, but there is an outdoor dining patio that adds a few more seats.
The creative menu changes all of the time based upon what fresh ingredients they are featuring, but you will generally find seafood, home-made pasta and contemporary takes on Mediterranean dishes. The menu itself is not huge, which translates into excellent execution of the dishes. And, there were multiple things from all of the sections that we wanted to try and each of them was excellent.
Although you may not see the same dishes on the menu when you are there, I did want to touch on a few outstanding ones.
The first was a decadent asparagus dish. The asparagus had been grilled then drizzled with hollandaise sauce and a hint of truffle oil. It was topped with a poached duck egg and sprinkled with feta and bacon pieces and finished with pea shoots. On the lighter side, we had a burrata with lightly dressed greens, prosciutto, honey and peaches that was excellent. Another standout was a mussels special that had just been added to the menu that day. The mussels came in a tasty broth with large pieces of flavorful linguica sausage, cherry tomatoes and chickpeas and lots of crusty bread to soak up the broth. Te final dish was a straightforward carbonara pasta. And although the preparation seemed simple, the dish itself was incredible.
For dessert, we had a small chocolate cake with sticky toffee. It was easily the best dessert I have had in recent memory. If you like dessert and this is on the menu, you definitely need to try it.
On the service side, our server was excellent and attentive. And, the personable and very knowledgeable front desk associate stopped by several times to see how our meal was and if we had any questions.
Overall, we had an excellent meal and experience. Virtu certainly lived up to our expectations and we will return soon, perhaps for brunch this time.
Virtu Honest Craft
3701 North Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
– Open for Brunch (10am-2pm) and Dinner Daily (5pm-10pm)