New in Town: Earth Meets Art at Tía Carmen

In April, celebrity chef Angelo Sosa, known for his appearances on “Top Chef,” opened Tía Carmen at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in North Phoenix.

”Tía Carmen is named after my aunt, who instilled in me a passion and love for cooking, teaching me the impact and the power that food can have when made from a place of pure love,” Sosa said. “Traveling through the Southwest gave me the opportunity to explore the region through the lens of ranchers, potters, farmers and artisans. I’ve always had a deep fascination and appreciation for Southwestern food traditions and Tía Carmen is a love story about the region.”

Tía Carmen’s menu highlights local ingredients and suppliers with a wide range of selections from meat and seafood to grains and greens, including gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. Popular picks include tuna crudo with chilled corn coconut broth, tri-tip kebabs with pickled onions and serrano chiles, chicken guisado stew with turmeric rice, and vanilla flan with tequila caramel for dessert. Cocktail favorites include Century of Passion with mezcal and passion fruit, aguachile margarita and Hibiscus Desert Balloon.

“The food and drink have a natural synergy and were made to complement each other, as well as being innovative and thoughtful,” Sosa said.

Designed by Los Angeles-based Schoos Design, the striking 419-seat restaurant has a clean, warm palette and an ambiance described as “earth meets art” by Sosa. “Tía Carmen celebrates sophisticated natural simplicity while playing on cues from the surrounding region,” he said.

The stunning setting and delicious dishes have been well received by hotel guests and locals. “Diners appreciate the thoughtfulness of the design, the style of the food and the dynamic flavors,” Sosa said. 

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Shoshana Leon is a culinary writer for Frontdoors Media and creator of Foodie Fo Sho.

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