Fat Ox

Written by B.Shue at www.casago.com
Fat Ox exterior
meat and vegetables
craft cocktails
modern Italian fare


Benvenuti a tutti! Welcome to Fat Ox, where the spirit of modern Italian cuisine comes alive with every savory bite. 

This chef-driven establishment transcends the conventional dining experience. Patrons embark on a dining adventure that redefines the essence of regional Italian classics.

The atmosphere at Fat Ox is infused with a sense of magic, creating not just a place to eat but an immersive odyssey for your taste buds. Picture yourself traversing the diverse culinary landscapes of Tuscany, the Mediterranean, and Sicily, all harmoniously converging within the walls of this extraordinary restaurant. 

At the helm of Fat Ox is Chef Matt Carter, who has earned a reputation for being one of Phoenix's premiere chefs. With the success of his other ventures like The Mission and Zinc Bistro, Chef Matt aspires to make Fat Ox known for his modern twists on Italian classics. 

At Fat Ox, diners will taste Chef Matt's passion for food and fine dining, transforming your Phoenix visit into the extraordinary.  


Fat Ox welcomes you with Old-World charm as the sliding wooden Italian doors reveal a sprawling 7,000-square-foot space. 

This expansive area seats 350 and unfolds like a well-crafted symphony, offering an experience that transcends dining.

The ambiance is a masterpiece, skillfully curated to transport guests to the sun-drenched landscapes of Tuscany. The interior design pays homage to the rustic elegance of Tuscany, with details like saddle-stitched leather, evocative artisanal craftsmanship, and rich wood paneling that speaks to the authenticity of the setting.

A focal point of this culinary haven is the marble-topped brass-lined bar, a beacon of sophistication. Here, the art of mixology meets the warmth of genuine hospitality, inviting patrons to partake in handcrafted libations. 

The interior design balances opulence with approachability and, with ambient lighting, creates a captivating setting that encourages a leisurely evening.

Fat Ox: Menu & Drinks

The menu at Fat Ox showcases Chef Matt's passion and culinary finesse. Every dish emerges as a veritable masterpiece, a contemporary reimagining of cherished Italian classics.

Begin your meal with an appetizer like the Roasted Beets. This colorful starter features burrata, cocoa, espresso, fennel, coriander, cinnamon, and red cabbage. The hues and flavors are a sensory wonder.

Moving on to the main course, consider the Radiatori Alla Buttera. This tasty fare showcases cured pork sugo, broccolini, tomato, burrata, and salsa verde. 

A seasonal standout is the Wakame Lumache with saffron bay scallops, smoked clam, tomato, and preserved lemon.

For a unique Italian dining experience, consider the Family Style Menu for groups of eight or more. This four-course journey features the best of Fat Ox, where dishes are to be shared.

When it comes to cocktails, the Fat Ox raises the bar! The Jet Set Cocktail takes center stage with vodka, pomegranate, cinnamon, and champagne. The precision-crafted libation sets the tone for the delights that follow.

No culinary journey at Fat Ox is complete without exploring the extensive wine list. Whether you're a seasoned wine enthusiast or a novice eager to explore, let the sommelier's expertise guide you, ensuring a perfect pairing that enhances the flavors of your chosen dish.

The Fat Ox melds Italian cuisine with Chef Matt's culinary wizardry and a sophisticated ambiance for an exemplary dining experience.

Local Tips

  • Behind the wooden doors, discover intimate spaces like the Fire Place Room and the courtyard patio, perfect for hosting private parties or special occasions.
  • Reservations are strongly encouraged.
  • Check out the deals on drinks and food from 4:00-6:30 PM in the bar.
  • While the atmosphere is relaxed, consider dressing up a bit to match the contemporary luxury vibe.
  • Limited parking is available, but worry not—complimentary valet service ensures a hassle-free experience.


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