Scottsdale’s Fat Ox is, quite aptly, named for the long-standing cattle showcase and food festival in Piedmont, Italy. The Italian restaurant’s menu highlights homemade pastas (try the exquisitely prepared casoncelli served with butternut squash, sage, amaretti, Parmesan, and pomegranate), roasted seafood and chicken, and slow-roasted steak. The 40oz porterhouse might just be large enough to fill the bellies of all 350 people who can be seated in the cavernous dining room, their satiated faces lit by crystal chandeliers reminiscent of elegant disco balls.
Not your nonna’s traditional spaghetti and meatballs, Fat Ox takes an upscale, and downright modern, approach to Italian. Here, pastas are handmade in house each day, steaks are fired to perfection over wood and charcoal, and the craft cocktail selection, well, it’s absolutely unmissable. The cuisine is served in a posh, contemporary setting outfitted with a luxe marble bar top and an impeccably stocked bar, deep wood dining tables, fancy gold finishes, and white table cloths. Fat Ox is not just a destination for a celebratory meal, either. Although it certainly checks that box. The Central Scottsdale Italian restaurant does happy hour right, with a selection of sommelier pairings that are sure to please.