By Lynette Carrington
Now Valley residents and visitors alike can discover the coolest and freshest new spot to unwind, enjoy fresh locally-sourced food and discover a variety of 35 local beers. Craft 64 expertly combines the unique balance of deliciously crafted local food and a tantalizing selection of local beers to satisfy every taste palate.
Whether you go for the food and stay for the beer or vice versa, you'll be glad that you visited Craft 64. Cleverly named for the fact that there are 64 ounces in a growler of beer (and yes, they do fill growlers), Craft 64 effectively merges at the intersection of gastropub, wine bar and artisan pizzeria. LunchClub.com members receive 15% off their total bill, including the lunch special. Each day the lunch special includes a personal-sized "pizzetta" with one topping or a fresh salad. The lunch special comes a soda, Pelligrino, iced tea, beer or wine for only $12.
"Ninety percent of everything in this restaurant is sourced locally. All the veggies are from McClendon's Select farm," states Swann. "Ninety percent of the proteins and meats are from Schreiner Farms, here locally. All of the dairy is sourced locally and even the iced tea is sourced locally from Passport Coffee and Tea. All of the beer is sourced local, too-all 35 handles and all the art on our walls is from Scottsdale artists." Even the white oak that makes up the main community bar table was sourced from Arizona.
Executive Chef Horacio "Lacho" Hernandez was previously at the famed Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix for 17 years and he is now wowing customers with his brick oven-fired pizzas at Craft 64. "The man has magic hands and really, really knows how to make a pie," says Owner and Operator of Craft 64, James Swann.
The Fico pizza is the most popular and features fresh mozzarella cheese, buratta, parmigiano reggiano, truffle oil arugula and fig sauce. With just a kick of spice, the Spain is also another popular pizza boasting fresh mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, La Mancha chorizo, Spanish almonds, cured olives and mild harrissa sauce. All pizzas are fired in the brick oven that was brought over from Italy. The local and fresh organic produce and house made sauces really makes a difference in the flavors of the artisan pizzas.
Salads at Craft 64 are absolutely stellar because of the fresh, quality organic ingredients. The Kale Pear salad features rainbow kale, shaved parmigiano reggiano, butter lettuce, pumpkin seeds and Craisins drizzled with a light but creamy pumpkin dressing. The Panzanella salad is a stand-out, too, with cucumber, heirloom tomatoes, yellow and red onion, fennel, croutons and a light red wine EVO dressing. Be sure to save room for Craft 64's hand-crafted desserts. Choose from a Tiramisu with ladyfingers, mascarpone, marsala and a dark rum espresso or the ultra decadent Nutella Indulgence with plantains, Arizona honey, fleur de sel, hazelnuts and Nutella tucked into a soft baked crust. The Nutella Indulgence just might be the best kept dessert secret in all of Arizona!
"What we do here is all about local," Swann says. "Thirty-five beers on tap, plus a cider-the 35 beers on tap are all sourced locally here in Arizona. These are all Arizona breweries. Almost everything is the kitchen is all sourced local. We don't own a fryer, microwave or freezer. If it can't be made fresh on a plate or come out of that pizza oven, we don't do it. Beyond that, everything we make is from scratch including our dressings and sauces. We even pull our own mozzarella." Some of the breweries represented at Craft 64 include Papago Brewing Co., Four Peaks, Historic Brewing Company, Mudshark, Uncle Bear's and many others.
Craft 64 is open in Old Town Scottsdale's second-oldest remaining home that was built in 1937. Keen to preserve the historic significance and integrity of the original adobe home structure, Swann creatively had the swank Craft 64 restrooms built out next to the patio instead of destroying walls inside the home. This gives lots of space inside the restaurant for various groups to enjoy their pizzas, salads, beer and wine.
Craft 64 is located at 6922 E. Main St, Scottsdale. Visit www.craft64.com or call (480) 946-0542 for additional information. Craft 64 is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Happy Hour runs 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week with $1 off all beers, $6 select wines, a single topping pizzetta for $7 and a caprese sandwich for $7.