A guide to the best of the menu

A guide to the best of the menu

Imagine stepping into a stylish Airbnb in the Italian countryside and finding a Michelin-starred chef hanging out in the kitchen. It’s the feeling I got when I sat down in Campo, a new neighborhood bistro owned by award-winning Valley chef Alex Stratta.

The space appears to have taken a 180 from its previous concept, Stratta Kitchen, a short-lived breakfast café with bright, minimalist art gallery vibes. Now, it’s a dinner spot with serious dating potential. Ancient landscape paintings in gilded frames hang next to funky potted ferns, giving the restaurant a vintage Mediterranean look that works best in the evening’s dim and candlelit lighting.

Alessandro “Alex” Stratta has tested a range of concepts since returning to the Valley in 2016 after a decade in Vegas where he won his restaurants two Michelin stars. The former Iron Chef and James Beard Award winner ran the kitchens at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa in Montelucia and Arizona Biltmore. He also checked out the FOUND: RE hotel before opening his second namesake Stratta restaurant in 2020 with Jeremy Pacheco of The Vig.

Judging by the healthy weeknight crowds and the simple, accessible food I tasted on my first visit, this new concept looks like it could be a winner.

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What’s on the menu at Campo?

Earlier in his career, Stratta made a name for himself cooking French cuisine for renowned restaurateurs Alain Ducasse and Daniel Boulud. It is therefore logical that its Mediterranean-style cuisine draws inspiration from both French and Italian cuisines. However, Campo’s menu definitely fits into the Italian camp with an eclectic mix of antipastos and pasta dishes that use fresh durum noodles from the Sonoran Pasta Co.

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