The J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix is one of the most sought-after hotel destinations in the Valley. With the twisting manmade river splitting the difference between golf course and sprawling pools, there’s something for everyone within the confines of the hotel. That includes world-class restaurants, and the newest restaurant coming is of no difference.
Tia Carmen is named after the aunt of chef Angelo Sosa, who is behind the new restaurant. The restaurant will be a contemporary Southwestern experience, which is designed to pay homage to farmers, community, and that land that brings them together. And while artisan and farmer are the central concepts of the restaurant, it will be a fine dining experience to the highest level, designed to give patrons the fresh and unique flavors they will not find anywhere else.
If the name Angelo Sosa sounds familiar, it is because he is an acclaimed chef who has also appeared on television. His parents, an Italian mother, and a Dominican father raised him with the love of food in Connecticut. Currently, he serves as the Culinary Director of Small Barn Temecula, although he has opened several restaurants throughout California and now into Arizona with Tia Carmen. Other restaurants do include Añejo, which is Michelin recommended and located inside of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. His restaurant Abajo and Death by Tequila was named the Best New Restaurant by San Diego Magazine
Aside from the restaurants he has dabbled with, he also appeared on the Bravo television program “Top Chef” in the show’s seventh season. He finished second in the competition, which prompted him to return to the program and compete in Season 8: All-Stars.
For anyone interested in trying to make some of Angelo Sosa’s own recipes, the chef does have two cookbooks out, including Healthy Latin Eating as well as Flavor Exposed.
The restaurant at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort is currently scheduled to open later this spring, although an official opening date has not been announced yet. The best way to stay on top of when the restaurant is set to open is to follow Tia Carmen on Instagram (it is a new account so no updates have yet been posted). And, of course, the hotel is also open with other restaurants inside (including Roy’s Restaurant, Twenty6, and Meritage). The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is located at 5350 East Marriott Drive in Phoenix.