Talavera

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
480-515-5700
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  • Tue.-Sun., 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
The Spanish-inflected steakhouse spilling out onto the second story patio of the Four Seasons in far north Scottsdale is impressive, as is the food within. The flavors here originate in the mind, hand, and heart of Samantha Sanz. From Nogales, Sonora, Sanz loops together a variety of influences, bringing Sonoran touches and colorful flare to her classical, meat-focused concept. Crudos cascade across plates in arcs of fish, fruit, and flowers. Salads often unite unlikely flavors, like coffee-roasted beets, vanilla, and bleu cheese. Even the peppered basketweave of iberico pork shoulder gains levity from citrus, celery leaves, pickled squash, and mostarda. Each season brings thrilling new changes to Sanz’s menu, and there are so many directions you can go. Sherry or sidra. Spanish-style gin and tonic or Txakoli. Prawns with mole verde or lamb meatballs with raita. Fideo in smoked tomato broth or a beautiful seafood-and-pork-belly paella, punctuated with a scarlet lobster carapace — a squiggly exclamation point on so much more than just a pan of rice.

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