Easter is an acceptable holiday to indulge in brunch and dinner, especially for those of us who are trying to avoid the Russell Stover chocolate bunnies and the too-sugary marshmallow peeps. For those of us who like the perfect balance of sweet and savory and a true Easter feasting experience, these Valley restaurants are serving everything from Easter doughnuts to Filet Mignon.
The Hash Kitchen | Scottsdale
Scottsdale’s most creative breakfast and bar destination will be offering specialty themed entrees to give us all something to “hop” about. Menu items include:
- Easter Doughnuts ($10)– Fried to order Italian sweet dough, sweet Ricotta and chocolate chip cream
- Pastel Buttermilk Pancakes ($9) -Sweet Mascarpone cream drizzled with warm maple reduction
- Carrot Cake Pancakes ($10)- Fresh baked-in carrots, Sweet Mascarpone cream with hot maple reduction
- Glazed Ham Hash ($15)-Hash potatoes paired with brown sugar- glazed ham, poached eggs, fried onions and brushed with a pan dripping demi-glace
- Prime Rib Plate ($20) -Herb- encrusted smoked prime rib, smashed potatoes with heirloom carrots and topped with a pan demi- glace
- Zucchini Blossom & Ricotta Frittata ($14)-Baby zucchini blossoms with scallop potatoes, red onions and topped with an herb ricotta cheese and bread crumbs
Indulge in a fresh fruit craft mimosa for $6 to pair with your Easter brunch. Live weekend entertainment will include a DJ and The Hash Kitchen will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant and bar is located at 8777 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale at The Shops at Gainey Village and can be reached at (480) 947-3214 for reservations.
Vivo! Ristorante | Scottsdale
Since 1977, Executive Chef Tomaso Maggiore has been a culinary legend with his Italian restaurant concepts. His latest culinary endeavor, Vivo! Ristorante provides a refreshing modern take on traditional Sicilian cuisine. Vivo! is celebrating Easter weekend with just a few of the following menu items:
- The Wedge Salad ($9)- Butter lettuce, cherry tomatoes, crispy peppery pancetta and drizzled with Point Reyes blue cheese dressing
- Cavatelli with Spring Lamb & Pea Ragu ($24)- Handmade pasta served with Tomaso’s original lamb meatballs and topped with freshly- sourced peas
- Seared Sea Scallops and Penne with Lump Crab ($29)- Seared sea scallops drizzled with aged -balsamic, agave and spicy EVOO and served with penne pasta with crab and vine-ripened tomatoes in vodka sauce
- Sicilian Grilled Filet Mignon ($35)- Lightly pounded filet mignon encrusted with EVOO , fresh herbs & pecorino cheese, served with strawberries, spring salad greens, fennel & tomato salad, in a white balsamic vinaigrette
Happy hour is from 4:00 to 6:30 pm and dinner hours are from 5 to 10 p.m., Vivo! Ristorante is located at The Marketplace on 6560 North Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale and can be reached at (480) 699-9081 for reservations.
Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant | Phoenix
Executive Chef Tomaso Maggiore of Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant in the Biltmore Neighborhood is celebrating the most beautiful time of year in Italy, Springtime, with farm-to-table handcrafted Sicilian dishes. Just a few of the Easter and month of March menu items are listed below:
- The Best Ever Spaghetti & Meatballs ($22)- Veal & beef meatballs simmered in a tomato-marsala sauce
- Lasagna with Meatballs & Organic Ricotta ($25)- Three meat Bolognese (beef, pork, lamb) with veal and beef meatballs
- Citrus-Brined Double Pork Chop ($34)- Served with peach-mustard, cauliflower fritters and asparagus
- Lamb Chops With A Pistachio Crust ($35)- Served with rosemary roasted potatoes, asparagus and fresh mint EVOO emulsion
Tomaso’s is hosting Easter brunch from 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tomaso’s Italian Restaurant is located at 3225 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix and can be reached at (602) 956-0836 for reservations.