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Virtu Honest Craft Grand Opening Last Night in Old Town Scottsdale

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It doesn't take a "crowd" to pack the house at Virtu Honest Craft, the new 25-seat eatery from chef Gio Osso -- and the house certainly was full last night for the restaurant's grand opening event.

Though the eatery technically opened for dinner on June 13, Osso and the rest of the Vitru crew celebrated their official grand opening with a small celebration last night. Guests enjoyed bite-sized tastes of the menu and craft cocktails from head mixologist Clint Spotleson.

See also: - Gio Osso of Virtù on His Favorite Local Restaurants and What Kind of Chef He Might Be - Gio Osso Will Open Virtù Honest Craft in Scottsdale June 7, with Grand Opening June 13

Osso reiterated on Thursday night that he's not doing the farm to table thing, per se, but will be using whatever freshest ingredients he can get his hands on. He also said he plans to change the menu constantly and won't be tied down to any one cuisine. If the ingredients call for an Asian (or Indian or Egyptian, as he threw out last night) lean, he'll go there.

For last night's event guests enjoyed spoons with tastes of the menu including a picturesque and delicious hamachi with fig and chile and smoked duck with cashew. We particularly enjoyed the grilled lamb that would have changed your mind if you think you don't like sheep.

The cocktails included a bright whiskey-based drink with mint and strawberry that proved whiskey drinks don't always have to be for the boys. The small yet intriguing cocktail menu at Virtu is evidence that Spotleson's not sticking to the classic cocktails he's been slinging recently at Mabel's on Main. At Virtu expect more creative takes on old school drinks, though if they're anything like what he poured last night, they'll be just as good as they always have been.

In addition to the twenty five seats inside, Virtu can host another twenty six on the picture-perfect outdoor courtyard and patio of the Bespoke Inn. If you haven't heard, this quaint bed and breakfast opened last January and includes just four rooms, three castias and one (very impressive) master suite. It's inside the master suite, which houses a kitchen that looks like it came directly of a magazine, where guests will enjoy breakfast -- and down the line, cooking classes with chef Osso.

They do say good things come in small packages and it seems to hold true with this new Scottsdale spot. Quaint and charming aren't exactly what the area's known for, making this a well-placed countermeasure.

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