After launching Sky Harbor Airport’s Terminal Four into the foodie stratosphere, Chef Gio Osso is seeing his very own restaurant take off in Downtown Scottsdale.
The fine dining chef who was tapped to oversee the culinary operations the international airport and open dozens of independent eateries has now left for bluer skies at his very own venture,Virtù, the Machiavellian term for achieving excellence.
Osso is taking over the restaurant at the Bespoke Inn, transforming the charming 25-seat eatery into what he describes as “a quiet, cozy secret in Downtown Scottsdale.”
“The menu is definitely rooted in the Mediterranean, but I think of it as wandering Mediterranean,” says Chef Osso. “You might see a few Asian or South American touches here and there.”
Expect a menu that changes almost weekly, with house-made pastas, superb seafood, new Mediterranean creations and rustic favorites. But don’t expect snoozy fine dining here. “It’s a loud symphony,” says Osso. “It’s beautifully composed, but high volume.”
Before the airport, Osso gained national praise for his food at Estate House in Scottsdale where lauded food writer John Mariani described the chef as “one of the finest interpreters of modern American cuisine in the West.”
Virtù will celebrate it’s grand opening June 20. The restaurant features over 30 boutique wines with nearly 15 poured by the glass. The quaint restaurant seats 25 guests inside and an additional 26 on the picturesque courtyard patio.
Virtù is located inside the Bespoke Inn at 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.