Ségolène Gros and her husband, executive chef Jean-Christophe Gros, frequently traveled to Scottsdale from their home in France because of the warm and welcoming community and beautiful scenery. Each time they came, their stay became increasingly extended, until eventually, they decided to bring the cuisine and comforts of their home to Scottsdale permanently.
“In 2015 we packed up our family and relocated to Scottsdale. We had a hotel and restaurant in France and wanted to bring our family’s passion for food to this area,” Ségolène says.
Voila French Bistro is in its third year and has enhanced the culinary scene by combining delicious and unique cuisine based on family recipes and inspired by their new home in Scottsdale.
“My husband started in the kitchen when he was 16 years old, then worked in high-end hotels. He studied with several chefs and brought his authentic and well-crafted dishes to Voila.”
Traditional French dishes with a special touch are on hand Tuesdays through Saturdays at Voila for both lunch and dinner. From La Bouillabaisse—served with scallops, shrimp, mussels, cod, salmon, monkfish and branzino—to homemade duck foie gras, each dish is lovingly prepared by Jean-Christophe in the hopes of making all of his customers regulars.
“We feel the Scottsdale community is wonderful. We had the opportunity to talk with Americans about French cuisine when we visited. We have seen an evolution; they seem very curious about the cuisine and the territory,” Ségolène says. “We have several regular customers who love dishes such as the Quiche Lorraine, which is light and easy to enjoy. Special dishes, like mussels, which are known in our region, are meals that people appreciate. My husband is quite passionate about his seafood dishes.”
One Sunday a month, Voila opens on Sundays for a special wine-paired dinner, which takes place on March 10 this month. The special three-course menu is $69 per person, and reservations are available. Voila offers both indoor dining as well as a covered patio.
Ségolène says the decision to lay new roots in Scottsdale was a simple one.
“Our only bad decision was not moving sooner. Scottsdale is gorgeous and amazing, with a wonderful climate and landscapes that perfectly complement our cuisine. It’s like a little village in a big city here in Scottsdale, which makes it feel so much like home.”
10135 E. Via Linda, Scottsdale, 480.614.5600, VoilaFrenchBistro.com