Restaurant of the Week: etta

From Michelin-starred Chef Danny Grant, etta is newly opened at Scottsdale Quarter. The casual neighborhood eatery is the second Valley concept from What If Syndicate, the hospitality group behind Maple & Ash. 

Just last month, etta opened at Scottsdale Quarter in the space formerly housed by BRIO. With a name that is short for Henrietta, meaning “keeper of the hearth” in French, etta serves up wood-fired dishes, from rack-roasted oysters to fire-seared branzino, in a setting that is casual enough for a family dinner of wood-fired pizzas and pasta and also fitting for a date night or special occasion with friends. Even four-legged guests have a spot at etta, thanks to its lovely, gardenlike pup-friendy patio.

Cozy up in a large booth or grab a seat at the bar to sip one of etta’s incredible cocktail offerings, including the Desert Fromage, with black pepper feta-washed vodka, peach, citrus and angostura, or the crowd-pleasing etta ‘rita, topped with a tajin rim. The restaurant has a lengthy wine list, as well, with offerings by the glass or bottle.

Though filling up on bread at the start of a meal isn’t usually recommended, the fire-baked focaccia on the starter menu is the exception to the rule. The warm focaccia, paired with whipped ricotta topped with honey and black truffle, is comforting and decadent and dreamy. The bubbling shrimp, a Chef Grant signature, with ginger, chile, mint and smoked tomato, is a sizzling, savory favorite, as well.

The hearth-roasted heirloom beets is one Scottsdale’s more unique beet salads. The vibrant veggies are served on a swipe of whipped miso and accented with gremolata and spiced marcona almonds for a delicate crunch.


When it comes to entrees, etta has a divine selection of wood-fired pizzas and decadent pastas, as well as sizable “for the table” proteins. The fire-seared whole branzino is not to be missed, paired simply but deliciously with parsley, lemon and capers.

The sticky toffee cake is a stellar way to wrap up a meal at etta, topped with bourbon toffee sauce, pepita granola and vanilla ice cream. Or, The Celebration is a fun and festive treat–whether there’s a birthday, a promotion or just the start of the weekend to honor. The Celebration features a birthday cake cookie paired with a shot of coffee tequila.

etta Scottsdale is open for lunch, dinner, happy hour and weekend brunch. For more information about etta, visit To make a reservation visit

15301 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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