I was looking for a great demonstration of "the good life" in Scottsdale, and it was only natural to look at the Scottsdale Four Seasons Resort. But I didn't expect to find such a bargain at the same time.
It turns out that every day at happy hour (3 PM to 6 PM) in the resort's Onyx Bar and Lounge, you can get the pizza pictured at the left for a mere $8, and if you want, wash it down with a similarly bargain-priced happy hour beverage. For example, I had a Sam Adams beer for $4.
The resort's so-called "luna" pizza is a work of culinary creativity. It's a hand-shaped oblong crust with edges of caramelized bubbles and blisters generously topped in the center with prosciutto, a sprinkling of roasted pear and fresh mozzarella. It is finished with fresh arugula and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.
The effect of this is simply magic in your mouth. Not to mention the relief to your wallet. You get to luxuriate in the ambiance of the Four Seasons, experience great service from their well-trained staff (they smile as they place your drink on a white cloth cocktail round), nibble on three different bar snacks that come with your drinks, eat a hunger-satisfying pizza, and take in the view. From either inside or outside on the terrace, the elevated million-dollar vista looks unimpeded down over twinkling city lights to purplish mountains in the distance, all back lit by the reddish hues of sunset.
Wow. Welcome to the good life in Scottsdale.